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Animal advocacy and the radical right: the case of Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4717-6842
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7203-9495
2022 (English)In: Journal of Political Ideologies, ISSN 1356-9317, E-ISSN 1469-9613Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Why does the radical right care so much about animals? In this study, we argue that the salience of animal advocacy within the radical right can be explained by its compatibility with these parties’ broader ideological framework. By analysing official documents from the radical right party the Sweden Democrats, we find that its animal advocacy is shaped by an ideological core consisting of nativism, authoritarianism and populism. The SD argues, for example, that immigrants are more violent towards animals; that animal cruelty must be strongly punished; and that mistreatment of animals is contrary to the moral intuitions of ‘the people’. Rather than only being used instrumentally to denigrate the cultural practices of immigrants, however, the policies reflect a broader commitment to animal well-being. Still, they differ from the egalitarian and rights-based agenda of ‘animalist’ parties, promoting as they do a paternalistic animal-welfare agenda where compassion is owed to animals not because they are our equals, but rather because they are dependent on us. The findings improve our understanding of the radical right ideology and of how ethical principles in the animal-rights debate are integrated into broader ideological frameworks and translated into party policy.

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Routledge, 2022.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50229DOI: 10.1080/13569317.2022.2138292ISI: 000874745600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85141014582OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-50229DiVA, id: diva2:1710133
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2013.0010Available from: 2022-11-11 Created: 2022-11-11 Last updated: 2022-11-22Bibliographically approved

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