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This critique of the prevailing view within the animal protection movement regarding the need for more attention from the criminal justice system regarding crimes against animals and more severe interventions against abusers asserts that a focus on 'carceral animal law' puts the animal rights movement at odds with other social justice movements, and may be bad for humans and animals alike both by eliding systemic solutions and undermining the ethos of the animal protection movement for increased empathy and resistance to social oppression.

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