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Editor’s Note

Announcing a New Section of the Journal—Animal Policy

Kenneth Shapiro

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Kenneth Shapiro

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Kenneth Shapiro

Abstract

The present study of the psychology of animal rights activists utilizes a qualitative analytic method based on two forms of data: a set of questionnaire protocols completed by grassroots activists and of autobiographical accounts by movement leaders. The resultant account keys on the following descriptives: (1) an attitude of caring, (2) suffering as an habitual object of perception, and (3) the aggressive and skillful uncovering and investigation of instances of suffering. In a final section, the investigator discusses tensions and conflicts arising from these three themes and various ways of attempting to resolve them.

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Kenneth Shapiro

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Kenneth J. Shapiro

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Kenneth J. Shapiro

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“I am a Vegetarian”

Reflections on a Way of Being

Kenneth Joel Shapiro

Employing a qualitative method adapted from phenomenological psychology, the paper presents a socio-psychological portrait of a vegetarian. Descriptives are a product of the author’s reflection on (dialogue with) empirical findings and published personal accounts, interviews, and case studies. The paper provides evidence for the hypothesis that vegetarianism is a way of being. This way of experiencing and living in the world is associated with particular forms of relationship to self, to other animals and nature, and to other people. The achievement of this way of being, particularly in the interpersonal sphere, comprises an initial, a transitional, and a crystallizing phase of development. The paper frames contrasts between vegetarianism and carnism through the phenomena of the presence of an absence and the absent referent, respectively.

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Harlow’s Primates

Critique of Culture of Laboratory-Based Animal Research

Kenneth J. Shapiro