Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Political Animal: The Animal Rights Movement and Public Policy
by Simnett, Dorothy J., Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2019, 400; 27666578
Abstract (Summary)

Social movements are consequences of social conflict. This project examines the conflicting and contentious efforts of animal rights activists at changing public policy and it evaluates the successes and failures of the animal rights movement. Animal rights activists’ challenges concerning animal rights, animal welfare and animal protection, combined with divergences from the special interest consortiums compounded by societal norms will all be addressed here. Furthermore, none of this has been previously addressed in the field of Conflict Resolution. This project highlights the challenges that animal rights advocates encounter when attempting to safeguard animal protective measures. The power struggle between animal welfare and animal rights organizations and efforts by powerful lobbies from consumer groups, industries, factory farms, and research universities in efforts to preserve profits and advance research and medicine will be researched as a conflict between interests and values. This qualitative case study examines conflicting dogma in addition to goals, successes, and failures as defined by animal rights activists concerning animal welfare struggles and animal rights activism. This project also examines the foundations of the opposing efforts for de-regulation by industrial farming, hunting organizations and gun enthusiasts and compares specific, animal welfare effects, both positive and negative, on public policy. This study explores the seemingly intractable differences between powerful special interests and non-governmental agencies involved in animal welfare/rights, The Humane Society of the United States, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berna, Dustin
Commitee: Muvingi, Ismael, Katz, Neil
School: Nova Southeastern University
Department: Conflict Resolution Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Political science
Keywords: Animals, Conflict, Politics, Public policy, Rights, Social movement
Publication Number: 27666578
ISBN: 9781392866139
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