SO a new contact/friend of mine Josh Harper is working to put out a book chronicling the history of the Animal Rights Movement! In order to do his important research and do publish the book he is looking for some community support on kickstarter.
He has this to say when I asked him for a short blurb about the project:
“You like delicious baked goods, but do you like delicious baked good with a side of intriguing history? Of course you do, and to insure that you get to eat fabulous goodies while being deeply engrossed in a tome about lost animal rights history you should jump on over to Kickstarter and send me a few bucks to author the aforementioned book! Not only will you have my eternal gratitude, but you can get some neat gifts for helping out.”
I think that sums it up especially nicely. Josh is a SERIOUSLY nice person, and extremely dedicated to this cause. Like (or lump) some of his other choices, I personally respect his enthusiasm, his desire to help document this history, and the nature of the work in general. Having written my Master’s Thesis on vegetarian and vegan identity, I know first hand how little information there actually is about these communities/movements and the messages and objectives they have. Rather than leave it to others to interpret what has happened into an unchecked kluge of hearsay, I believe that whether you end up agreeing of disagreeing with the position of the AR community or not, it is invaluable for the story to be told well, and fully, and I’m confident that Josh has the ability to do so.
I myself support this project and I hope that others consider it as well. Even if you aren’t on an activist yourself, even if you aren’t even a vegan or vegetarian, this movement, like many others, is plagued by misinformation or a lack of information, and any step in the direction of in-depth analysis, clarity, understanding, and context in a world dominated usually by raw ungrounded factoids, 3 paragraph press releases, headlines and soundbites is a refreshing project to be a part of.
Please consider throwing a couple dollars his way if you feel so inclined.