The book is interesting, stimulating, and well worth reading for anyone interested in animals' cognition and/or moral status.
(Julia Tanner Journal of Applied Philosophy
Steiner weaves his narrative through a great deal of material, and in the end proposes a theory of kinship that is sure both to provoke and delight.
(Brett Buchanan Society & Animals
Animals and the Moral Community is a stimulating and comprehensive philosophical inquiry into animal cognition and sentience and the bearing of what we learn about animal minds on how we treat them. Although Gary Steiner argues that animals are unable to make rational inferences, his notions of cosmic holism and cosmic justice demand nonviolence toward animals and that we value their moral status as we value our own. A radical shift in how we treat animals will have a positive effect not only on their lives but also on ours, and I hope that the principle of cosmic justice will be adopted globally.
(Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals
, Animals Matter
, and, with Jessica Pierce, the forthcoming Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals