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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reissue edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061711306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061711305
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Singer's other books include Writings on an Ethical Life, Practical Ethics, and The Life You Can Save, among many others. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University's Center for Human Values.

Customer Reviews

It's beautifully written and consummately thought-provoking.
Pilar Kelly
Singer's argument, that any animal capable of suffering deserves moral consideration, is put forth in an easy to read, convincing manner.
N. Wallerstedt
I read this book back in 2002 after I picked it up randomly at the library.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Guy Denutte on September 19, 2009
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This book made me a vegetarian, because it made me aware of all the cruelty that is imposed on animals. Ethically, this is not justified by no means at all. If man is supposed to be the superior animal, then why should he treat animals as if they were "animal objects" ? (I would also like to recommend the new DVD Our Daily Bread so you can actually see how our soulless economy of food production is performing nowadays.)

Never before in human history have we eaten so much meat. Not only do the poor animals suffer in their cages, the people eating this "artificial" meat are suffering too, because a big load of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, etc. are delivered together with the "food".

Now, I didn't become a vegetarian immediately after reading this book, but its arguments percolated through my conscience and finally did me make the final step, eliminating meat altogether from my menu. This was 5 years ago. It is best to do this gradually. I would also recommend anybody willing to take this step to take a vitamin B12 supplement (under the form of complex B) to feel great, since vitamin B12 is only present in animal foods.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Elena Fomina on September 12, 2010
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Frankly, I had to throw this book away. I ordered it after reading about it in a New Yorker article about the senseless killing of songbirds for fun and food. I expected the book to be a philosophical take on the issue of animal cruelty, which has been something of a big concern for me for many years (pretty much since I become fully cognizant of the fact that poultry and beef didn't grow on trees, and were not some abstract substances, but, at some point, none other than living, breathing, conscious creatures.)

The book, however, offers very detailed and extremely disturbing descriptions of various forms of physical and emotional suffering that billions of animals are subjected to in the course of their very short and very miserable lives. The author depicts the practices of "personnel" (supposedly human) working in the food industry (its first link - the meat/dairy plants) and the scientific/laboratory research - which present the two most horrific forms of animal abuse. Speaking about the often used in a "cute" context term "guinea pigs," lab animals are put through unthinkable suffering varying from living through the process of harsh chemicals being instilled in their eyes (rabbits) while they are restrained by special equipment that doesn't allow for any type of movement, as the "scientist" diligently observes and records the damage the chemical does to the eye over the course of several days (the end result - destroyed pupil of the eye.) And let's just leave it at that, it's the mildest of the experiments sited by the author (and accomponied by several pictures of the above mentioned rabbit, its eyes and the equipment). I was only able to go a few pages into the chapter before I had to put this book aside due to the palpitations I felt in my chest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AY on January 6, 2013
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After watching "Earthlings" almost 2 years ago while I was browsing for videos on YouTube - it had changed my life completely, since that day. Those who read this book and would like to "see" more about factory farming and how we treat animals, should definitely check out "Earthlings" - it's free online.

I enjoy this book greatly. I am not going to discuss about the book because I believe there had already been many reviewers on here who did an excellent job on writing about it. I am really glad, however, that a modern philosopher, like Singer, took great interests in ending animals suffering and believe it firmly to write such an excellent book. It is really difficult personally, for me to "persuade" others to re-consider the way they consume meat daily. I took me almost 2 years to persuade my husband to watch "Earthings" because he, like many other people that I know of, said: "I don't want to watch it....I like to eat meat and I like the freedom to choose whatever I want to eat...." I have heard this response many time from many people who will not change or reconsider the way they consume meat. The bottom line is, they only care about their individual "right"; to eat whatever they choose because they think they are entitled to. It is sad, but it also happens to the most dedicated, religious people whom I've known.

My hope is for Singer and many other writers to continue to deliver this important message to the mass - ending animals suffering and to learn how to be a compassionate human being.
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It is a profound experience, following the arguments brought forth in this book. It is easy to follow, and irrefutable logic. I knew these truths in my heart, but Peter Singer puts it into words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Voltaire's progeny on October 30, 2009
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I read this text over thirty years ago and it made quite an impression. Lucid and relying more on evidence than emotion, I was convinced that we owed sentient life forms more respect than I had previously thought. Now I have students who wrestle with the justifications for their claims to vegetarianism. Singer's seminal arguments are still valid. I bought this to pass on to one of my more idealistic charges. It may put meat on the bones of her posturing.
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