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"It galvanised a generation into action. Groups sprang up around the world, equipped with a new vocabulary, a new set of ethics and a new sense of mission...Singer's book is widely known as the bible of the animal liberation movement." Independent on Sunday "A reasoned plea for the humane treatment of animals that galvanised the animal-rights movement the way the Rachel Carson's Silent Spring drew activists to environmentalism." New York Times "Important and responsible...Everyone ought to read it." Richard Adams "Probably the single most influential document in the history of recent movements concerned with animal welfare" Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco Press (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060011572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060011574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Want to upset all the pre-conceptions of your life, and look at the world around you in a radically new way? Then read Peter Singer's book Animal Liberation. Written by an Australian philosophy professor in the 1970s, and revised in the early 1990s, Animal Liberation is the founding book of the modern animal rights movement. As such, Animal Liberation be one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

When Singer's book first appeared, animal rights was on the fringe of the fringe. Animal rights advocates, to the extent that they could get any attention from the press at all, were treated as a bunch of nuts. CBS Evening News compared British animal rights advocates to Monty Python charachters.

But today, especially among young people, animal rights is a major part of political and social activism. So even if you think you're inflexibly opposed to animals having rights, Singer's book will help you understand the millions of people who disagree with you.

Folks who believe that animals have no rights will often assert that because animals are animals, they should have no rights. As Singer points out, the argument is simply a tautology. To say that animals should have no rights because they are animals is no more logical than to say that women should not have rights because they are women, or that Blacks should have no rights because they are Blacks. To say that status as a woman must, in itself, imply that women have no rights is sexism; to say the same about Blacks is racism. And, Singer demonstrates, to say the same about animals is "specisim.
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When I was just a seventeen-year-old teenager, the boss at my summer job gave me Animal Liberation to read because he didn't have the heart to throw a book out. He said PETA sent it to him because of his large donation. He wasn't a vegetarian but he did have a soft spot for the animals.

Anyway, half way through the book, I converted to vegetarianism. By the end of the book which coincided with the end of the week, I was a vegan and haven't looked back since that day which was 20 years ago.

Read this book and inform yourself. You don't have to become a vegan but it would be nice if you developed an awareness of how mankind treats animals and how he has forsaken his role as "shepherd."

Thanks.
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This is one of the first accounts of what was to become one of the most contoversial movements in the world. Peter Singer, a moral philosopher, argues about the ethics of eating meat, biomedical experiments on animals, cattle farming, the meat industry, and other related topics. Written with his characteristic lucidity and clarity, this is no jittery, woolly, 'fascist animal rights lobby' book, but an intellectually rigorous, philosophically grounded tract on what it means to be human and what duties we owe other species who share the world with us. Clear-eyed, substantiated with impeccably-researched data and facts, and radiant with a moral energy that has all but left academic philosophical writing, it gives much-needed credibility to a burning, and often much abused and misrepresented, issue. Read him.
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Though this book may have been dubbed "The Animal Rights Bible" - it is interesting to note that nowhere in Singer's argument does he make a case for "rights" for animals. Singer's system of ethics is comprised of a form of utilitarianism that takes into account the interests of nonhuman animals. Thus, Singer's book is not an argument for "rights" for animals - Instead it is work intended to make a case for expanding our circle of compassion by considering the immense amount of unecessary suffering inflicted upon the nonhuman animal world by human institutions. In order to understand Singer's perspective, the reader must be willing to open their mind to the idea that our society is capable of change, and that we indeed can strive to live in peace with the nonhuman creatures with whom we share the Earth. Thus, an open-minded reader may be able to share in a vision of a more peaceful world in which we view other animals as creatures who are worthy of experiencing their own life - rather than as simple automatons that exist to be exploited as objects for human consumption.
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I used to think that animal rights was so clearly wrong-headed that I didn't understand what its supporters could be thinking, but reading this book has totally changed my worldview, as it has to many others to whom I've recommended it. The case for animals rights is generally misunderstood, and this book is eye-opening. It is very easy to read, very lucid, and extremely informative. More than that, it's logic is so simple and compelling, it leaves you amazed that you never thought of this yourself, and wondering why you'd never heard it before. I recommend it as strongly as possible. It is nothing less than a triumph of reason, and a step forward for humanity.
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I've been a vegetarian for 12 years. A vegan for 2. I recently read this book for the first time. I wish I had read it a long time ago. Even though I have read extensively on this subject over the years and most of what Singer says I have read before, he has a way of really driving the issue home. It's amazing how much of the other literature out their feeds off of this book. Another thing that makes this book great is that it is backed up solidly. His references are from trusted sources. You can be assured that this book isn't just hype or written in an over done matter to just scare you into change. It is true and unexagerated. This book is absolutely a must read for anyone interested in the subject and any one who eats meat or dairy. You should be aware of how dinner gets on your plate. It's irresponsible not to. I wish it was required reading in schools. Too many people live blindly on this subject and need their eyes opened. Since reading this book I have bought more copies of it to give away to friends of mine or anyone who seriously questions my vegan lifestlye. I have one warning for you. If you are not interested in the philosophy behind animal rights, take Singers own advice and skip the first chapter and go back to it when you have finished the book. For those who are not familiar with philosophy the first chapter may seem dry or forein. However it is an important chapter and should be read but again does not have to be read as a first chapter inorder to understand the book. I keep reading all these reviews from people who are obviously into the philosophy behind it and that is great but they are giving it reviews based solely on the philosophy. Which I agree, if you were looking forward to a book full of great philisophical debate I think you would be dissappointed.Read more ›
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