Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp 469–482 | Cite as

Criminalizing protests about animal abuse. Recent Irish experience in global context

  • Roger Yates


Supporters of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (2006) label as “terrorists” mainstream animal welfare corporations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA). Animal advocates fear that conventional forms of protest, such as boycotts and street demonstrations, are being redefined within such legislation as potential “acts of terror”. Meanwhile, in Ireland, peaceful grassroots animal rights campaigners have begun to be arrested and jailed for standing outside fur shops with an information table. Is Ireland next in line in terms of the apparent global criminalisation of animal advocacy?


Irish Society Grassroots Organisation Animal Abuse Irish People Irish Dairy 
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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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