Wlodzimierz Gogloza is Assistant Professor of Law at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. He received a grant to publish a paper called “False Parallels and Useful Lessons” that explores what the animal rights movement can learn from the anti-slavery abolitionism of the nineteenth century. This grant was co-funded by the Animals & Society Institute (ASI). Wlodzimierz writes:
Members of contemporary social movements often look for inspiration in the past, seeking examples of successful campaigns and interventions, which can inform their own approach to proper strategy and tactics. I argue that most of the supposed affinities between “abolition then and now” are false and based on a superficial understanding of the original abolitionist movement and the social and political reality from which it emerged. At the same time, however, I attempt to prove that the modern animal rights movement can indeed learn a lot from the Garrisonian Abolitionists and their intra-movement debates.
Wlodzimierz presented his paper in a talk entitled “Abolitionist Outrage: What the Vegan Movement Can Learn from Anti-Slavery Abolitionism in the 19th Century,” at the annual International Animal Rights Conference, which was held online on September 5-6, 2020. Wlodzimierz worked as a Head of Policy at Anima International and Open Cages Poland, and published a number of articles on various issues related to farmed animal welfare. One of these articles, about factory farming and the pandemic has been published in many countries, and has become a basis for a Japanese video-blog on COVID-19. In January 2021, working with Radoslaw Pastuszko from the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, Wlodzimierz examined the impact of the EU Common Agricultural Policy on animal welfare in the low- and middle-income countries. The funding for the project was provided by the Tiny Beam Fund.