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Animal rights and human morality Hardcover – January 1, 1981


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  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879751649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879751647
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,715,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Animal Rights and Human Morality is as relevant and important today as it was when first published. And just as necessary, for despite all we know about the minds and especially the feelings of animals, routine abuse of animals continues. Peppered with countless stories of his encounters with tough stockmen and steely laboratory workers, Rollin’s voice is an important one in the struggle for animal rights. Rollins brings a philosopher’s voice of reason to the often heated debate about cruelty to animals."
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace
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Bernard E. Rollin (Fort Collins, CO), University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, is also a professor of philosophy, professor of biomedical sciences, professor of animal sciences, and university bioethicist at the same institution. Rollins is the author of fourteen books and over three hundred articles and is the principal architect of 1985 federal legislation dealing with the welfare of experimental animals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "pjfromsf" on November 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I almost didn't buy this book because I was put off by it's cover. It just looked outdated.
But I own just about everything written about animal rights so I picked it up to add to my library.
It has turned out to be one of my favorite books because it's beautifully written with excellent logic.
If you have ever had difficulty explaining your position on an animal rights issue, to a non-animal person, read this book.
And then read it again.
A perfect blend of logic, ethics and moral behavior.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By N.Tarrant on February 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased B.Rollin's book to help me write an animal rights paper for my Business Law class. I found myself totally engrossed in the book. It was wonderfully written, and had so much information that writing my paper was a breeze. But I recommend this book for anyone who is an animal lover and disagrees with product testing on animals. It will definately open your eyes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mick McAllister on April 24, 2009
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Rollin's book is an invaluable aid to the animal rights or animal welfare advocate because he approaches the issues with the dispassionate rationality that scientists drape around their attitudes, seizing the "intellectual high ground" from teary-eyed bunny huggers. Rollin is no bunny hugger, and his critique of the inconsistencies and contradictions in the utilitarian and behaviorist views of our relationship with the other animals is crisp, logical, and devastating.

As he makes clear, loathing for the inhumane may make us feel good, but it doesn't go far in changing things. The book is dry going, as Rollin moves from John Rawls to Jeremy Bentham, with a substantial portion of the text devoted to specific failings of the Animal Welfare Act and a detailed examination of the principles of animal testing. Like a visit to the dentist or an afternoon with the vacuum, it's not necessarily much fun. You won't find a lot of heartwarming stories about sensitive elephants here -- not that those are bad things.

What you will find is a legislative agenda, an outline for community action, and an arsenal of reasoned arguments to counter the exploiters of animals. It would be nice to think that we can turn the food industry technicians and scientific researchers with a question as simple as, "Would you do it to your dog?" For many of them, that may be enough. It's the rest for whom Rollin offers us strategies. Social ethics are murky, in that we may "know" what's right, but we can't explain what we know or how to those that don't get it. Read Rollin, and the explanations will be clear.
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By Austin Plummer on June 8, 2013
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How do you rate a book for class? It did its job, the class was good. Im sure your looking at buying this for a class so have at it!
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