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Deep Ecology and Animal Rights

A Discussion Paper

Written by David Orton

Introduction:  The deep ecology and the animal rights movements are helping to change consciousness, away from human-centeredness and the automatic assumptions of  "resource rights" to exploit wildlife and the natural world. Both movements pose major threats to the continuation of industrial capitalist society and the status quo. Yet activists from both movements are sometimes at odds with each other, although some identify with both movements (perhaps more so on the deep ecology side). The comments below are meant to contribute towards a discussion on understanding the similarities and differences between the deep ecology and the animal rights movements. Previous discussions, sometimes heated, on the internet group "left bio", have contributed to this document and are gratefully acknowledged. Most, but not all on "left bio", are coming to this discussion from the deep ecology side of the debate.

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