Researcher ORCID Identifier

Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Studies

Reader 1

Will Barndt

Reader 2

Nancy Neiman


This thesis concerns the injustices present in industrial animal agriculture in the United States, domestic violence, and their disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. Despite the work of social movements centered around domestic violence and the slaughterhouse, the state of both continues to worsen, particularly for communities of color. My research seeks to uncover what factors preclude the efficacy of these movements. A qualitative analysis of the labor advocacy and animal rights movements in the slaughterhouse and the domestic violence advocacy movement suggests that the current disparate framings of these injustices and a lack of attention to race contribute to the inadequate policy approaches. Building upon other scholars’ work establishing the link between slaughterhouses and domestic violence, I explore the ways in which three movements, animal rights, slaughterhouse labor advocacy, and domestic violence are interwoven through their causes’ shared roots in violence to animals and racism. Consequently, I argue that effective policy approaches to all three of these movements require the recognition of the link between slaughterhouses and domestic violence and the integration of animal rights and racial justice. I conclude with practical policy recommendations that organizations might use to achieve this integration and my vision for the future of advocacy in and around the slaughterhouse.