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Constitutional Inclusion of Animal Rights in Germany and Switzerland: How Did Animal Protection Become an Issue of National Importance?

Constitutional Inclusion of Animal Rights in Germany and Switzerland: How Did Animal Protection... <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Provisions for animal rights have been included in the national constitutions of Switzerland (1992, 2000) and Germany (2002). Protective constitutional inclusion is a major social movement success, and in view of the other movements also seeking increased political visibility and responsiveness, it is worth asking how and why nonhuman animals were allowed into this realm of political importance. This research seeks to explain how animal activists achieved this significant goal in two industrialized democracies. Using an approach drawn from the mainstream canon on social movements, this comparative study attempts to show how cultural factors, institutional selectivity, and the influence of spontaneous events, along with the tactic of “frame-bridging,” determined the success of both movements.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Society & Animals Brill

Constitutional Inclusion of Animal Rights in Germany and Switzerland: How Did Animal Protection Become an Issue of National Importance?

Society & Animals , Volume 18 (3): 231 – Jan 1, 2010

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Brill
Copyright
© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1063-1119
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1568-5306
DOI
10.1163/156853010X510762
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Provisions for animal rights have been included in the national constitutions of Switzerland (1992, 2000) and Germany (2002). Protective constitutional inclusion is a major social movement success, and in view of the other movements also seeking increased political visibility and responsiveness, it is worth asking how and why nonhuman animals were allowed into this realm of political importance. This research seeks to explain how animal activists achieved this significant goal in two industrialized democracies. Using an approach drawn from the mainstream canon on social movements, this comparative study attempts to show how cultural factors, institutional selectivity, and the influence of spontaneous events, along with the tactic of “frame-bridging,” determined the success of both movements.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Society & AnimalsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: Germany; constitutional inclusion; political opportunity structures; animal rights; culture; abolition; Switzerland; social movements; reform

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