Imagery displaying practices of animal cruelty has been widely utilised throughout the history of the animal protection movement. Whether it is necessary to use such imagery to advocate for animal rights, however, has generally divided opinion...
Some people think that vivid images or footages of slaughter, factory farms, neurotic behaviour of circus animals, etc, trigger the initial impulse for people to do the morally right thing for animals. That is, people who have never even thought about the welfare, let alone the personhood of animals, might need that as a launchpad for their moral concern for these animals.
Opponents of the use of such ‘gory’ images have argued that these materials focus exclusively on the symptom of animal cruelty rather than the root cause of animal use, which leaves open a loophole of “humane” treatment for exploiters. Also they might argue that the use of animals per se necessarily involves inflicting suffering and (in most cases) death on them, the explanation of which does not require such imagery.
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