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Animal Liberation 2 Sub Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0940322004
ISBN-10: 0940322005
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"The modern animal rights movement may be dated to the 1975 publication of Animal Liberation by Australian philosopher Peter Singer," declared Newsweek of the first edition, and this "bible" for animal rights activists has just undergone a second edition. Singer continues his "blistering indictment of so-called humane use of animals in scientific research" ( LJ 12/1/75), describes the current (and still atrocious) state of animal testing, and brings up to date the activities of the animal rights movement, nascent at the time of the first edition's release. This is a necessary purchase for any animal rights collection. See also Heidi J. Welsh's Animal Testing and Consumer Products , reviewed in this issue, p. 98.--Ed.
- Judy Quinn, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New York Review Books; 2 Sub edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940322005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940322004
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I cannot stress enough what an amazing book Animal Liberation is. I had always known the way we treat animals in our society is wrong, but nothing gave me the concrete and clear arguments I needed like this book to explain why animals do indeed have rights. I have heard many people, a few of whom have read this book, say that rights are a human-only attribute because only we have a moral or ethical structure, but obviously they did not read closely enough in order to see the very convincing argument Peter Singer lays out: there are mentally disabled individuals in our society who may not even be able to communicate at all, but who among us would say they did not have equal human rights, or at least the basic right to be free from pain? People who think "I will give animals rights when they ask for them" are missing the point entirely: it is up to us. Please, even if you don't agree with this viewpoint, read this book. It will give you an awakening into the world of animal rights in a clear and easy to read (but sometimes not easy to stomach) format. It also has an excellent bibliography and list of organizations at the end. If you don't think I've stressed it enough, AN EXCELLENT BOOK!
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Heckman on July 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Peter Singer is possibly the most famous living philosopher in the world, and this book is an excellent reason to find out why. His arguments start from premises that almost everyone accepts, and they carefully and logically proceed to conclusions which are definately outside the mainstream of typical opinion (to put it mildly). This book is at once accessible and controversial, and evokes strong opinions -- you either love it or hate it, with very few people in the middle.
The good: The book is comprehensive, attempting to answer both the "why" and the "how" of animal liberation. It provides a decent, although not thorough, overview of most of the shocking treatment of animals raised for human consumption and at times might be very difficult to read. Singer's arguments are not mere emotive appeals and are top-notch.
The bad: Although understandable in a book that is aimed at a popular audience, Singer doesn't really go into the foundations of his ethics at all -- there's no answer to "why be ethical?" addressed in the book; instead it assumes that the reader already agrees that one should be ethical and procedes from there. The footnotes are decent but could be more comprehensive, and at times Singer gets a little wordy, which detracts from the impact of his arguments. However, these detractions are minor compared with the overall quality of the book.
The ugly: Most people who read and disagree with Animal Liberation fall into one of two traps. First, they assume that Singer is arguing for animal rights, and trot out a bunch of arguments about moral agency and so forth. However, Singer specifically does not argue for rights, and his ethical system in general is not based on them (he's a utilitarian).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kai Chan (kaichan@eno.princeton.edu) on October 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable book that is certain to change your life--if you can read it with an open mind. As one of this century's premiere philosophers, Peter Singer challenges us on every level. This book's focus is our attitudes towards animals, which he claims is often 'speciesist'. His philosophical defense of this claim is masterful. His discussion of the facts--the way that our society treats animals behind our backs--is compelling and ire-inspiring. After setting a moralistic fire in our hearts, he offers suggestions on how to excise this cumbersome paradigm from our daily lives. Read it and look deep within your soul . . . you may not like what you see, but fear not: we've all got ample opportunities for change.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heather Wilson (hawilson@acsu.buffalo.edu) on November 4, 1999
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Peter Singer uses logic and reason, not emotion to persuade us that our circle of ethical consideration should reach far beyond our dogs, cats, and endangered species. He convincingly handles counter arguments and I challenge a reader to overcome his powerful reasoning. This book changed my life and I discovered a much greater spirituality that can be experienced on many levels. You have to read it to believe it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kate on January 16, 2000
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I would just like to respond to people who say that animals shouldn't have the same rights as humans. The fact is that animal liberation doesn't necessarily mean giving them the SAME rights as humans. We don't have to eat them, we don't have to test on them. It's been medically proven many times over that we don't need to eat them and are better off NOT eating them. There's new technologies that are better that don't involve animal testing. For every company that tests on animals, there's another company that makes the same product but doesn't test on animals. And I'm tired of hearing the whole "animals kill each other" line. Let me quote Ghandi, "We err in copying the lower animal world - if we are superior to it." Basically, we're smarter than animals so why should say "they kill each other, so it's okay for us to kill them"? I find it very selfish to kill/hunt/test on/hurt something when there is no need or reason to do so. Much thanks for the book "Animal Liberation" and others like it.
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