During the economic downturn we stopped spending money on lots of things. But what did we not stop spending money on? Our pets. In fact, spending on pets actually increased during the recession, which is why every bozo with a gimmick is starting a pet-related business.
So why does that love for our pets not translate into advocacy?
Well, for one reason, the animal welfare “clique” isn’t very inclusive.
And that’s not just me saying that, though I’ve been saying that for several years now. No, Dr. Corey Lee Wrenn analyzed media from two major animal rights movement publications and found evidence it’s true.
For instance, 60% of the photo subjects in those publications were of women, over 80% were white, and over 90% were thin. So much for diversity.
This idea that one can change the world without inclusion is an idiotic one, and yet groups of well-intentioned people fall into that trap all the time. It’s an elitist and bigoted message that implies, “You really don’t fit in with us, but we’ll call you if we need you to do some grunt work.”
Bully for you asshole. If you keep sending me the message you won’t want me, you can rest assured I won’t be there to help. I have better things to do with my time.
So what’s the answer? That’s up to the advocacy groups. Ready to open up your ranks yet to rest of us?
Dr. Wrenn’s research entitled An Analysis of Diversity in Nonhuman Animal Rights Media was published in December 2015 in the Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Ethics.