Intervention or Protest

Acting for Nonhuman Animals

Andrew Woodhall, Gabriel Garmendia da Trindade (Eds.)

by Andrew Woodhall (University of Birmingham), Gabriel Garmendia da Trindade (University of Birmingham), Eva Meijer , Guy Scotton , Julius Kapembwa , Josh Milburn , Jens Tuider , Julia Mosquera , Joshua Wells , Kurtis Boyer , Katherine Wayne , Lauren Traczykowski , Patrizia Setola , Williams Wayne , Carrie Packwood Freeman (Georgia State University)

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Within current political, social, and ethical debates – both in academia and society – activism and how individuals should approach issues facing nonhuman animals, have become increasingly important, ‘hot’ issues. Individuals, groups, advocacy agencies, and governments have all espoused competing ideas for how we should approach nonhuman use and exploitation. Ought we proceed through liberation? Abolition? Segregation? Integration? As nonhuman liberation, welfare, and rights’ groups increasingly interconnect and identify with other ‘social justice movements’, resolutions to these questions have become increasingly entangled with questions of what justice and our ethical commitments demand on this issue, and the topic has become increasingly significant and divisive.

The book considers how this question, and contemporary issues facing nonhumans (such as experimentation, hunting, and factory farming) should be answered by drawing on both theory and practice in order to provide grounded, yet actionable, ways forward.

Indicatively, the book covers topics such as:
• The intersection between interspecies ethics and the ethics of war and self-defence
• Nonhuman animals as political subjects and acting agents
• Whether we should intervene for nonhuman animals in cases of natural disaster
• Various explorations of why the nonhuman movement may not be succeeding as well as it could be
• Comparisons between the nonhuman movement and other social movement
• Arguments for and against intervening to help or save nonhumans, and how far we may go
• What intervention could ultimately mean for nonhumans

The book is therefore intended not only to provide new and interesting insight into the area and important contemporary discussions, but also to constructively aid the nonhuman movement and unite theory and practice on the crucial issues. With the nonhuman movement and its past approaches currently being questioned as a success, more nonhumans than ever being harmed and exploited, and a growing gulf between activists and scholars, this book will not only be a timely addition to the literature, but an attempt to bridge these gaps and move both theory and practice – and thus the movement and field – forward.

List of Contributors

1. Saving Nonhumans: Drawing the Threads of a Movement Together
Andrew Woodhall & Gabriel Garmendia da Trindade

2. Putting Nonhuman Animals First: A Call for a Pragmatic and Realistic Turn in Normative Theorising
Jens Tuider

3. Animal Activism and Interspecies Change
Eva Meijer

4. The Role of Activist and Media Communication in Helping Humanity Establish its Responsibility toward Fellow Animals
Carrie Packwood Freeman

5. Beyond Complicity and Denial: Nonhuman Animal Advocacy and the Right to Living Justly
Katherine Wayne, Kurtis Boyer & Guy Scotton

6. Nonhuman Animals and Sovereignty: On Zoopolis, Failed States, and Institutional Relationships with Free-Living Nonhuman Animals
Josh Milburn

7. Are Nonhuman Animals owed Compensation for the Wrongs Committed to Them?
Julia Mosquera

8. And the Animals Show Their Veins: Predation, Vivisection and Moral Innocence
Wayne Williams

9. The Limits of Intervention in Nature on Behalf of Wild Animals and the Limits of Ethics
Patrizia Setola

10. A (Human) Rights-Based Approach to Natural Disaster Intervention for Nonhuman Animals
Lauren Traczykowski

11. Climate Justice for Wildlife: A Rights-Based Account
Julius Kapembwa & Joshua Wells


Gabriel and Andrew are currently final-year PhD candidates at the University of Birmingham, working on interspecies ethics and have organized several international conferences on interspecies ethics.

Gabriel works on the intersection between interspecies ethics and the ethics of war and self-defence. He is the author of Animais como Pessoas: A Abordagem Abolicionista de Gary L. Francione (Animals as Persons: Gary L. Francione’s Abolitionist Approach) and author/ co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and book reviews in Brazilian Philosophy Journals. He is also currently working on a Brazilian-Portuguese translation of Tom Regan’s seminal work The Case for Animal Rights.

Andrew works on anthropocentrism and global interspecies ethics, and has presented on these subjects at the Minding Animals Conference 3 in New Delhi and at the MANCEPT Political Workshops. He has published a review of Anna L. Peterson’s Being Animal in the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice and a chapter on anthropocentrism in Animals in Human Society, edited by Daniel Moorehead.

Alongside the present volume, Gabriel and Andrew are the editors of the forthcoming book “Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues: Towards an Undivided Future” by Palgrave-MacMillan.

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Book Title

Intervention or Protest

Book Subtitle

Acting for Nonhuman Animals





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Physical size

236mm x 160mm

Publication date

October 2016