‘We fight for all living things’: countering misconceptions about the radical animal liberation movement
This qualitative content analysis of online documents compiled from the North American Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Liberation Kollective (ELK) and Grassroots Ontario Animal Liberation (GOAL) network websites and Facebook pages explores how activism within the Radical Animal Liberation Movement (RALM) intersects with other social movements. While most literature to date traces the RALM’s (dis)junctures with other forms of social justice activism through analyses of their broad ideological assumptions, or the views of renowned RALM scholars, this research provides authentic insights into the voices of Canadian, American and Mexican activists as they are represented in documents they author themselves. Like activists in anarchistic, anti-capitalist, immigrant rights, Indigenous, prison abolition, prisoner support and radical feminist movements, those in the RALM critique capitalism, colonialism, hierarchy, racism, sexism, state power and the prison industrial complex. Our research calls into question the existing narratives that depict the RALM as an extremist, single-issue movement oblivious to all other forms of social inequality, injustice, marginalization and oppression. Rather, RALM activists are building alliances with other radical social movements to achieve the common goal of ending both human and animal suffering and exploitation.
|Keywords||Animal liberation, intersectionality, online research, qualitative content analysis, radical social movements, solidarity|
|Journal||Social Movement Studies|
Johnston, G. (Genevieve), & Johnston, M.S. (Matthew S.). (2017). ‘We fight for all living things’: countering misconceptions about the radical animal liberation movement. Social Movement Studies, 1–17. doi:10.1080/14742837.2017.1319268