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Reason and Unreason in the Animal Rights Movement. An Essay in Anthropological and Political Understanding

Three types of relationship with animals characterize contemporary
Western society. 1. Effective relationships of breeding and using “productive
animals” pertaining to professionals (farmers, stock breeders,
etc.) that have become a minority in French society. 2. Effective relationships
with an affective dimension with pets, pertaining to amateurs,
who are a majority ; 3. Fictional relationships, imagined and seen as an
ideal to be reached by animal rights activists who, though forming a
very small minority, are hyper-active and unduly claim to speak for a
silent majority. They have succeeded in abusing some public institutions,
the media and decision-makers. In reality, there is no objective
reason to give in to the animal rights activists’ pressures which are
based on an intellectual fraud consisting mainly in giving a scientific
veneer to purely ethical choices.


Référence électonique : Jean-Pierre DIGARD, "Reason and Unreason in the Animal Rights Movement. An Essay in Anthropological and Political Understanding", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°131, 131 - Les animaux, p.97-111 . Consulté le 2023-06-03 00:54:53 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Reason-and-Unreason-in-the-Animal.html