Moving forward to the RBA


In my proposal draft, most of the time was spent abstractly discussing and identifying the pros and cons of certain animal rights extremist tactics. I tried to organize each of my paragraphs to directly reflect this by beginning each paragraph discussing the merits of the a particular topic and concluding each with a description of that tactic’s drawbacks. Similarly I created my infographic to highlight this analysis of pros and cons as I believe this discussion can clearly lead the audience to conclude that either extremism was having a positive impact or a negative impact on the rest of the animal rights movement.

Most of the comments I receive on my proposal were on the simplicity of my final argument; does animal rights extremism progress or regress the animal rights movement? In light of the comments and discussion, I feel that in the upcoming RBA I am going to continue my organizational pattern but expand my analysis from just extremism to all animal rights activist tactics. I believe that by broadening this research I will ultimately be able to further nuance my argument and ultimately make suggestions on how the animal rights movement can better organize and strategize to make the most impact on animal welfare in the United States.


One thought on “Moving forward to the RBA”

  1. Sol, I think it’s a great idea to broaden your topic in order to find more nuances in animal rights activism tactics. You clearly have a detailed understanding of your topic and the relationships between the subtopics you’ve explored thus far, so I don’t think you’ll have much trouble reframing in that way. Additionally, I support your plan to maintain your organizational structure. I remember how clear your progression through your proposal was when I read it. However, I would be wary of general consequences of broadening a topic, namely losing focus and the ability to delve deeply enough for a thorough analysis. One question you may want to ask yourself is in moving beyond extremism in the animal rights movement, what do you anticipate your research question to be? I think there’s a lot of potential in answering that question, so I am looking forward to what you present in the upcoming weeks.


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