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Brings together the effective tactics for speaking out for animals and gives voice to activists from around the globe, and explains how others can get involved.


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Brings together the effective tactics for speaking out for animals and gives voice to activists from around the globe, and explains how others can get involved.

30 review for Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nettie

    This is a really good book and I am grateful that Mark Hawthorne has written it. It is such a useful tool for anyone who wants to help animals. Each chapter thoroughly covers a different form of activism such as letterwriting, leafleting and protesting, and goes over the what, how, where, when and why for each type of activity. The book contains input, advice and stories from I think around 100 experienced activists, so the reader can benefit from their experience as well as be inspired. Mark Ha This is a really good book and I am grateful that Mark Hawthorne has written it. It is such a useful tool for anyone who wants to help animals. Each chapter thoroughly covers a different form of activism such as letterwriting, leafleting and protesting, and goes over the what, how, where, when and why for each type of activity. The book contains input, advice and stories from I think around 100 experienced activists, so the reader can benefit from their experience as well as be inspired. Mark Hawthorne conveys that there are so many ways to take action from writing a letter to a company and praising them for not testing on animals to direct action and rescuing animals. Even if you only have one hour a month you can make a difference. Something I found helpful was the chapter about dealing with our emotions in the face of such cruelty and immeasurable suffering. This is a really important topic and I haven’t come across much of this in my reading. The best part of the book is that it is positive and hopeful. It shows how our actions do make a difference and bring results. Stories in the book provide examples of this. Even a letter to the editor that doesn’t get published is a force for positive change. This book will give you ideas, motivate you and aid you in doing great things for animals.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    This is the most comprehensive and detailed manual about activism I’ve read and is very valuable for all those who want to work for a cause dear to their hearts. The fact that this author focuses on animal rights made it particularly interesting for me because that’s one of the causes I care about and have at times worked for. However, this book can be useful as a handbook for those who’d like to work for any cause. Mark Hawthorne is an excellent writer; I’ve read many pieces he’s composed. This This is the most comprehensive and detailed manual about activism I’ve read and is very valuable for all those who want to work for a cause dear to their hearts. The fact that this author focuses on animal rights made it particularly interesting for me because that’s one of the causes I care about and have at times worked for. However, this book can be useful as a handbook for those who’d like to work for any cause. Mark Hawthorne is an excellent writer; I’ve read many pieces he’s composed. This book does not have the soaring prose of which he is capable, but it is extremely well organized and well written and is jam packed full of practical information. It really probably could work better if used as a reference book. I read it cover to cover and it was a bit of a slog. This information might be better absorbed if the reader turns to various topics that most interest them at the moment. I do assume that a good part of the reason why it took me months to read this is that I’ve been very inactive as an activist the last few years. This fall’s election has me somewhat galvanized but I’m definitely less active than I was in years past in working for the issues of importance to me, including animal rights. One wonderful thing about this book is that there’s no attempt to make the reader feel guilty, and the only pressure is the plea for each person to do something. There really is something for everyone: everything from writing a letter or handing out a leaflet to being vegan to tips on how to handle the situation if you perform an action that gets you arrested. This book should be the text for activists, especially those new to activism, but even experienced activists will find useful tidbits here. There are some good resources given in the back of the book. While the table of contents is self explanatory, given the amount of information provided an index in the back of the book would have been a terrific contribution. The best thing about this book is that it’s motivating! Another reason I think that it took me so very long to read this is that while I was reading I kept thinking I should put the book down and do something!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Last night I finished reading "Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism" by Mark Hawthorne. I read it while I was also reading another book, which I'll likely review next week, because the latter's subject matter is more intense and I occasionally needed a break from it. "Striking at the Roots" is packed with information and advice, yet it's a quick read. While it's targeted toward animal activists (both novice and experienced), it would be useful for people fighting for any kin Last night I finished reading "Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism" by Mark Hawthorne. I read it while I was also reading another book, which I'll likely review next week, because the latter's subject matter is more intense and I occasionally needed a break from it. "Striking at the Roots" is packed with information and advice, yet it's a quick read. While it's targeted toward animal activists (both novice and experienced), it would be useful for people fighting for any kind of social change. I also recommend it for people who want an introduction to animal issues but not an intense one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A major revision of animal rights bible Striking at the Roots, referencing changes from the last 10 years including the rise of social media, which is now a key part of any campaign. The book brings together the most effective tactics for speaking out for animal rights. Activists from around the globe explain why their models of activism have been successful - and how yo I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A major revision of animal rights bible Striking at the Roots, referencing changes from the last 10 years including the rise of social media, which is now a key part of any campaign. The book brings together the most effective tactics for speaking out for animal rights. Activists from around the globe explain why their models of activism have been successful - and how you can become involved. Concise and full of practical examples and resources, this manual for success demonstrates how many of the world's most engaged activists effectively speak to the public, lobby policymakers, and deal with law enforcement - all while keeping their eyes on the prize of achieving victories for animals. This book will empower you to make the most of your skills. From simple leafleting to taking direct action, each chapter clearly explains where to begin, what to expect, and how to ensure your message is heard. This is an excellent book for vegans and animal lovers alike: the book is chock full of information on how to work towards animal rights. It was a little too militant for me, but this might be for you: check it out and give it a glance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    mad mags

    Animal Activism A to Z (and everything in between!) (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review at the author's invitation.) “Every successful social-change movement has involved a multiplicity of people using a multiplicity of tactics to approach a problem from a multiplicity of angles. Some people push against the bad things that need to be changed while others pull for the good alternatives. Some people work to undermine destructive systems from within while others are knoc Animal Activism A to Z (and everything in between!) (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review at the author's invitation.) “Every successful social-change movement has involved a multiplicity of people using a multiplicity of tactics to approach a problem from a multiplicity of angles. Some people push against the bad things that need to be changed while others pull for the good alternatives. Some people work to undermine destructive systems from within while others are knocking down the walls from without. We all need to recognize that and find our place within a multifaceted struggle, being sure to be generous and appreciative of those who are working toward the same goal using different tactics.” – pattrice jones Whether you’re new to the world of animal advocacy, a longtime vegan, or traveling somewhere between these points in your life’s journey, STRIKING AT THE ROOTS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ANIMAL ACTIVISM is one book you’ll want to read. Activists from all walks of life can glean new tips, tricks, strategies, and perhaps even some much-needed motivation from author/activist Mark Hawthorne’s introductory guide to acting on behalf of animals. STRIKING AT THE ROOTS offers an overview of the many types of “animal activism” that advocates may engage in. These range from traditional to high-tech, visible to behind-the-scenes, and dramatic to low-key - as is exemplified by pattrice jones (author of AFTERSHOCK and a founder of Eastern Shore Sanctuary) in the above quote. No matter your personality, interests, and talents, you’re sure to find an action you can take to help your fellow earthlings RIGHT NOW. For example, STRIKING AT THE ROOTS covers eleven general areas of activism, including leafleting; writing (e.g., articles, op-eds, letters to the editor, etc.); tabling; engaging in protests and demonstrations; cooking for and feeding your friends, family, co-workers, and the masses (“food as outreach”); campaigning corporations; volunteering for animal sanctuaries, shelters, and rescue centers, using multimedia (e.g., blogs, web sites, videos, podcasting, etc.) to spread your message; engaging in direction action (including open rescues); working within the legal system; and – perhaps most importantly – taking care of the emotional and psychological needs of oneself and one’s comrades as well. Each chapter serves as a general introduction to the topic, with a list of resources for follow-up. Best of all, a number of prominent animal activists weigh in on their respective areas of expertise: Patty Mark tells of her first open rescue, in which she exposed the cruelty of an Australian battery farm; Mercy for Animals’ Nathan Runkle describes his own epiphany, resulting from a chance encounter at the age of eleven with an animal rights leafleter; and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau shares her recipe for deliciously decadent vegan outreach. (Mmmm, vegan chili!) A running theme of STRIKING AT THE ROOTS is the awesome potential for impact possessed by each and every individual. Just by going vegetarian (or, better yet, vegan), you can save the lives of 100 animals per year. That’s one hundred living, sentient beings, spared from miserable lives and excruciating deaths. Now, if you inspire one other individual – just one! – to adopt a veg*n lifestyle, then you’ve essentially doubled your impact. And if your new veg*n friend can encourage another concerned citizen to eschew animal products…well, you get the idea! Like Merilees’s theoretical Brazilian butterfly, whose wing-flapping can be felt throughout the world, one good deed can amplify and inspire many more. Your “activism” can be as simple as living a moral life and serving as an example to others – or as involved as gainful employment with a large animal rights organization. It’s your choice. Just do something . The important lesson to take away from STRIKING AT THE ROOTS is that we all have a part to play in this struggle – and that we must all work together, pooling our complementary skills and insights, if justice and compassion are to prevail. Yes, Bruce, activism IS the meaning of life! http://www.easyvegan.info/2008/02/14/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Inez

    Lots of great ideas and tips for people that are new to activism. If any of my animal friends want to read it - please let me know and then they can pass it on when they have finished with it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    "Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism" by Mark Hawthorne is the definitive guide to activism for those seeking information on how to be effective in their protest in many different modalities. As a vegan and life long animal advocate I was thrilled to receive this book for review. Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher. My opinion is my own. "Striking at the Roots" is written for animal activists. This is the 10th anniversary edition re released with 100 pages of how "Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism" by Mark Hawthorne is the definitive guide to activism for those seeking information on how to be effective in their protest in many different modalities. As a vegan and life long animal advocate I was thrilled to receive this book for review. Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher. My opinion is my own. "Striking at the Roots" is written for animal activists. This is the 10th anniversary edition re released with 100 pages of how to advocate and use social media to be effective. it would be useful for people fighting for any kind of social change to use as a guidebook. I also recommend it for people who want an introduction to animal issues and are not sure where to start to be effective. The author has covered successful campaigns of many activist and included their guides to a successful advocacy. Included are leafleting and tabling, writing (articles, letters, op-eds etc), to protests and demonstrations, food fairs, and corporate campaigning, direct action, lobbying in detail. Whether you are new into animal activism, or already a educated activist, there is something here that is helpful . This is a definitive guide to animal activism . I highly recommend this book for both beginners and those seeking to add to their advocacy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ginae B.

    Finally! Finally, there is a book about the abuses of innocent animals for whom...well, we will spare you all of the ugly details. What we will state is that it is with grace, mercy and a call to action that this book was written. In the past, we have always stayed away from such literature as it simply haunts us. We cannot handle it. We will always be grateful for the activist's out there who are fighting where the weak of us simply flail and sob in our inability to be able to handle the epitome Finally! Finally, there is a book about the abuses of innocent animals for whom...well, we will spare you all of the ugly details. What we will state is that it is with grace, mercy and a call to action that this book was written. In the past, we have always stayed away from such literature as it simply haunts us. We cannot handle it. We will always be grateful for the activist's out there who are fighting where the weak of us simply flail and sob in our inability to be able to handle the epitome of senseless brutality of others. However, Striking at the Roots knows that there are sensate's out there. They know that there is reading universe comprised of the young, the sensitive, the incapable. "Here!" When we began reading, we twitched, we grimaced, we waited for the stuff that cripples. It was then that we discovered that Author Mark Hawthorne knew in advance about us. We could just skip over the hard stuff and we did. We had too. But, Appendix B took care of that. We skipped right to it and know how we can help. We can be a voice without knowing all of the gritty details. We can help.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rasak

    This book is a great guide to any activist. Not only in animal rights field for which it is originally written. It gives great overview on what you can do alone as an activist and with a group. How to organize different actions and campaigns, where to get information, what else is done by other initiatives.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue Frances

    This book is a really useful guide to anyone interested in animal rights and welfare. It covers all aspects of animal activism. I liked it because it's an easy book to read and understand. This book is a really useful guide to anyone interested in animal rights and welfare. It covers all aspects of animal activism. I liked it because it's an easy book to read and understand.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Kelaher

    This is the kind of book that you should buy rather than just get out of the library, simply because you will want to refer to it again and again. It does exactly what it says on the cover, it gives you practical ideas that you can use to be an effective animal activist. This book will be useful whether you have been involved in animal rights for years, or you are just getting started. There is advice on seemingly every aspect of animal rights activism. Not only does the author go into detail abo This is the kind of book that you should buy rather than just get out of the library, simply because you will want to refer to it again and again. It does exactly what it says on the cover, it gives you practical ideas that you can use to be an effective animal activist. This book will be useful whether you have been involved in animal rights for years, or you are just getting started. There is advice on seemingly every aspect of animal rights activism. Not only does the author go into detail about how to do the actions, whether it be leafleting, organising a protest or writing effective letters, he also shares stories of people who are already taking action. These stories are very inspiring. I read this book for the first time all in the wrong order, dipping in and out of various chapters, depending on what was relevant to me at the time. My copy is rather tatty now, which shows just how much I have referred to it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    Three years ago, I went vegan and the world of animal suffering suddenly became very real to me. Prior to that, I was an oblivious meat-eater, ignorant of the immense pain and torture millions of animals go through just so I could eat a hamburger or drink a glass of chocolate milk. At first I thought going vegan was only a matter of changing what I ate but soon discovered that animal rights became much more than a diet. In fact, going vegan wasn't enough - I also wanted to be a voice for animals Three years ago, I went vegan and the world of animal suffering suddenly became very real to me. Prior to that, I was an oblivious meat-eater, ignorant of the immense pain and torture millions of animals go through just so I could eat a hamburger or drink a glass of chocolate milk. At first I thought going vegan was only a matter of changing what I ate but soon discovered that animal rights became much more than a diet. In fact, going vegan wasn't enough - I also wanted to be a voice for animals, to become more active in speaking out on their behalf, and to help peel away the layers of untruths we've been told about food animals all our lives. But where to begin? Thankfully, there are books like Mark Hawthorne's to help most of us at least get started. From the simplest forms of activism like handing out leaflets, writing letters and signing petitions, to attending protests, reaching out to food corporations and local government, to direct action - such as physically entering factory farms to rescue animals - there is something here for every activist at every level. This book offers practical ways to get started in your community, whether you have a lot of spare time or only a half-hour a week to devote to it. Interspersed with step-by-step ideas and suggestions are stories and practical approaches from animal rights people who have been activists for many years and know what methods are effective and which ones aren't. There is also a great chapter on how to take care of yourself as you enter what can be a very disturbing, traumatic and cold world, aptly titled by the author: "Animal Care: Activists Are Animals Too." It is vital that we have support and balance in our lives to offset the horror of knowing what happens to animals 24-hours a day because if we burn out or become only angry and disillusioned, we are of no use to the movement or the animals. The book was published in 2008 so some of the references are dated (MySpace page, anyone?) and some of the cited resources and organizations are no longer valid and/or in operation. However, there is still a tremendous amount of useful information here. The knowledge and advice doesn't just pertain to the United States either; Spain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the U.K. are additionally represented. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to become more involved with the animal rights movement but perhaps isn't sure where to begin. Or if you've been doing it for a long time and find yourself stagnating or burning out, definitely read the last chapter. This book was a pleasure to read, and reinforced what I already knew: we can make a difference for animals if we are willing to take action.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ayla

    Striking at the Roots is a comprehensive guide to being an animal activist. The main forms of activism are covered, each form having its own chapter in the book. Hawthorne does an excellent job of describing a method of activism, suggesting how one can get involved in that method, and providing resources for information and support concerning that method. We are treated to informative and inspirational stories and tips from animal activists engaged in various forms of activism. The final chapter Striking at the Roots is a comprehensive guide to being an animal activist. The main forms of activism are covered, each form having its own chapter in the book. Hawthorne does an excellent job of describing a method of activism, suggesting how one can get involved in that method, and providing resources for information and support concerning that method. We are treated to informative and inspirational stories and tips from animal activists engaged in various forms of activism. The final chapter offers guidance to activists for taking care of themselves mentally and physically, an important subject to discuss given that activists have a heightened awareness of animal cruelty and the disconcertingly slow pace of progress for animal rights. The appendices are great, too: recent milestones for animals, eleven things you can do today to help animals, and detailed information about your rights as an activist. Before reading Striking at the Roots, I knew that I wanted to get involved with animal rights, but I didn't know how to do so. When I put the book down, I was left with a huge sense of optimism and many leads to follow to get involved in this great effort. I'm grateful to Mark Hawthorne for having written this book, and I recommend it to anyone interested in doing something - anything - for animals, which also means helping people and the environment, too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Corey Wrenn

    I would say this book is an okay read for newbies to animal rights and activism. The book basically summarizes all of the prevailing and popular approaches to activism that the national groups and grassroots groups engage. My problem is that it doesn't take a very critical approach to what actually works and what doesn't...there's next to no research to back up his suggestions. He also gives the green light to sexist tactics which are wholly incongruent with anti-oppression work. I would say this book is an okay read for newbies to animal rights and activism. The book basically summarizes all of the prevailing and popular approaches to activism that the national groups and grassroots groups engage. My problem is that it doesn't take a very critical approach to what actually works and what doesn't...there's next to no research to back up his suggestions. He also gives the green light to sexist tactics which are wholly incongruent with anti-oppression work.

  15. 5 out of 5

    WaferBiscuits

    If you're a newbie to animal activism, then this is a read you should consider. I'd argue that it's a useful tool for a member of most social movements for all of the practical advice it gives on leafleting, letter writing, and more. For anyone else not interested in what amounts to an introduction and practical advice, I'd try something a bit deeper. If you're a newbie to animal activism, then this is a read you should consider. I'd argue that it's a useful tool for a member of most social movements for all of the practical advice it gives on leafleting, letter writing, and more. For anyone else not interested in what amounts to an introduction and practical advice, I'd try something a bit deeper.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ollie Austin

    'We cannot do it all, so as we do what we can do, we must do it with love for our own animal body,' Carol J. Adams. This is a very thorough guide to animal activism, though it is a work of folk psychology. I recommend the chapter, 'Animal Liberation: Direct Action,' which, while only cursory, offers much useful advice. 'We cannot do it all, so as we do what we can do, we must do it with love for our own animal body,' Carol J. Adams. This is a very thorough guide to animal activism, though it is a work of folk psychology. I recommend the chapter, 'Animal Liberation: Direct Action,' which, while only cursory, offers much useful advice.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    This book has truly practical ideas for becoming involved or increasing involvement in the animal rights movement. It provided many ideas for those who like to "get and and do" and those who like to be "behind the scenes". Motivating! This book has truly practical ideas for becoming involved or increasing involvement in the animal rights movement. It provided many ideas for those who like to "get and and do" and those who like to be "behind the scenes". Motivating!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zann

    An informative book. I'll admit I jumped around a bit and didn't read every chapter, only the ones that interested me the most. I don't plan on becoming an activist, but the book did cover quite a lot of ground and I can see where it would be a useful resource for someone who is. An informative book. I'll admit I jumped around a bit and didn't read every chapter, only the ones that interested me the most. I don't plan on becoming an activist, but the book did cover quite a lot of ground and I can see where it would be a useful resource for someone who is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Ransom

    This is a great book for anyone interested in animals, animal rights, and animal activism. It covers pretty much everything from online activism to protests. It is a great book to refer to.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Very informative read in ways that I can get involved with helping animals. Definitely will be trying some of them out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelley York

    This book should be required reading for anyone that wants to get into animal activism. Packed full of information and ideas well worth the reading

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Fav book on this topic, very practical guide. Super grateful to Mark Hawthorne for writing this awesome book. I found the chapter on self-care and preventing burnout really helpful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

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  24. 4 out of 5

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    Erin

  26. 5 out of 5

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