Relations takes us inside the little-known
world of the Canadian animal rights movement.
Ridiculed by angry industries, vilified by
scientists, and largely ignored by the media and
the left, this grassroots phenomenon has enlisted a
new generation of activists dedicated to changing
the most basic political arrangements on the
Meet the people involved and the issue they raise.
Extremists trade time in jail to save animals'
lives. Conservative welfarists struggle to hold
their place in the established order. And
dedicated, law-abiding advocates fight to make
humans recognize that we are only one species among
many with legitimate claims.
Why does cruel and pointless animal research go on
in near total secrecy, despite its public
funding? Why does agriculture get a blanket
exemption to routinely treat animals in ways that
would bring criminal charges in a city setting?
And aren't the outcomes predictable when a
political movement with a small but skilful outlaw
wing is deliberately excluded from the political
Charlotte Montgomery has worked as a
journalist for over twenty-five years, on
newspapers ranging from small dailies to The
Globe and Mail and The Toronto