OF ANIMAL RIGHTS
In the 1957 documentary The Battle of Algiers, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, the Algerian strategist Larbi Ben M’Hidi says to one activist, “It’s hard enough to start a revolution, even harder still to sustain it, and hardest of all to win it. But it is only afterwards, once we’ve won, that the real difficulties begin.”
Today’s animal rights movement is multifaceted, in ferment, and thus in motion and flexible. What the world would look like if “animal rights” becomes a deep commitment of the human community depends upon many different factors. This is because protections for other living beings can come in so many different forms. Which forms will be chosen is not always easy to predict. Further, in many ways the future of the animal protection movement already belongs to a new generation as today’s youth embrace animal issues, for many young people are already at work expanding the protections that came about because of resurgence in animal rights in the 1970s.
In the future, as discussed in chapter 5, legal rights may become a dominant tool employed on behalf of this or that group of nonhuman animals. But there are many other options as well. These include additional major tools available in the diverse tool box that we know as modern legal systems, which can create effective, fundamental, specific legal protections for