The Environmental Movement in South Africa
An Analysis Of Animal-Based Issues, Campaigns And Organisations
“The animals of the world exist for their own reason. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.”Alice Walker
Oppression of animals that are not human often takes place invisibly. Social constructs and arrangements as a result of capitalist culture, which separate people from the means of production, have meant that the brutal exploitation and suffering of other animals is becoming increasingly invisible and ignored. The research focus of this report will introduce perspectives, which challenge widely held social institutions and beliefs and which question common assumptions relating to animals and societal hierarchies of oppression more generally. The way humans relate to animals acts as a metaphor for human society and directly reflects social systems of domination and control. This research report is also an attempt to promote discussion and debate around the nature of the concealed exploitation of other animals and the contested terrain in which it is framed.