Argument: The animal rights movement is showing great progress in America
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Michael Pollan. "An Animal's Place". New York Times Magazine. November 10, 2002 - "Though animals are still very much 'things' in the eyes of American law, change is in the air. Thirty-seven states have recently passed laws making some forms of animal cruelty a crime, 21 of them by ballot initiative. Following protests by activists, McDonald's and Burger King forced significant improvements in the way the U.S. meat industry slaughters animals. Agribusiness and the cosmetics and apparel industries are all struggling to defuse mounting public concerns over animal welfare."