Animal Rights Extremism and the Internet

Ruth McAlister, Rachel Monaghan

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Abstract

Research on extremism and the Internet has primarily been concerned with violent Islamic groups and their networks and to a lesser extent far right groups. Such a focus has meant that the study of violent animal rights extremism and the Internet has largely been neglected despite the Internet providing animal rights extremists with a medium through which to network, exchange information and coordinate their activities both at the national and international level. Websites like Bite Back and the Animal Liberation Front worldwide news and information resource contain claims of responsibility for animal rights actions, direct action guides, Internet security advice, interviews with activists, details of snitches, lists of current prisoners and material on potential targets. This chapter explores how violent animal rights extremists use the Internet in the pursuit of their cause and compares their usage to other violent extremists, drawing upon the existing literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Extremisms
Subtitle of host publicationReadings in Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism in the Online Space
EditorsMark Littler, Benjamin Lee
PublisherMacmillan Publishers
Chapter7
Pages133-156
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030301385
ISBN (Print)9783030301378
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity

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Keywords

  • Animal rights extremism
  • Animal Rights Militia
  • Band of Mercy
  • Communication
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Data mining
  • Direct action
  • Fundraising
  • Justice Department
  • Networking
  • Propaganda
  • Publicity
  • Recruitment
  • Social media
  • Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty

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McAlister, R., & Monaghan, R. (2020). Animal Rights Extremism and the Internet. In M. Littler, & B. Lee (Eds.), Digital Extremisms: Readings in Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism in the Online Space (pp. 133-156). (Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity). Macmillan Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-30138-5_7