Key points to which the movement must now respond.
- Incorporated animal-advocacy groups have hurt individuals, betrayed the public trust, and aggressively suppressed criticism.
- The higher ranks of the institutional movement hierarchy include people who display an addiction to domination.
- Sexual harassment is one of the manifestations.
- As a community, animal advocates need to support victims and encourage witnesses to speak out.
- While interns and staffers are treated like meat, the animals, purportedly defended, are systematically betrayed. One Humane Society of the United States VP claimed to raise tens of thousands of pigs “like children” before slaughter.
Board members and others in positions of oversight must dramatically up their game, or, in some cases, step down.
Putting healthier people at the top of the institutional pyramid isn’t the answer, say LaVeck and Stein. It is time to decentralize power and widely share resources and leadership opportunities.