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There is a difference between someone who is fanatic about animals and someone who is actively seeking to help animals of all shapes and sizes. The activist often goes a step further than the fanatic to help save animals that are being abused or neglected. You can be both a fanatic and an activist. It is important to understand that any sentient being has some rights. The only criteria are that the being has some emotional intelligence. In other words, they can feel pain.
Many animal activist groups further define animal groups that they will fight for or distinguish between endangered species and non endangered species to protect from harm. Animal liberation groups, like the one Keith Mann runs in Manchester, England put the spotlight on cruel and inhumane animal slaughter processes both in England and the United States. The fanaticism of burning processed meat and protesting at slaughterhouses has been tempered by the politics of the political arena.
Instead of embracing fanaticism, the animal activist on twitter.com finds many different and more practical ways to make people aware of the horrible and abusive treatment animals receive at the hands of butchers and meat processing companies. The animal advocates in New York City have found many unique ways to get their message across to their fellow New Yorkers. Social Media campaigns, meatless days, slogans and other images project the need for action to both protect innocent animals from being slaughtered and make people more aware of what they can do to help.
Keith Mann’s Animal Liberation Front has created a stir among animal fanatics. Fanaticism about the fate of innocent animals can lead to dire consequences. Some have imitated Mann’s past antics hoping to bring attention to the animals’ plight. Yes, Mann’s protest did garner worldwide attention but it also garnered some unwarranted attention and consequences. Mann has had better results with his social media and political activism than with the fanaticism he expressed in the past.
Animal activism is different than animal fanaticism in that activists, for the most part, remain focused on what they can do to help. Fanatics unfortunately take the activism to the extreme and become obsessed with doing whatever it takes to save animals. Keith Mann and others like him have realized that although animal fanaticism will draw attention to the cause, it could also backfire. Proper support and lawful consideration of another person’s property goes a long way towards gaining the right responses.
Animal activists are making strong inroads in changing policies and procedures at meat processing plants. They are also slowly, but surely growing a groundswell of support in stopping inhumane practices and making people more aware of what they can do to help save animals.