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“Paul McCartney once said that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. This book continues Peter Singer's important, urgent project of turning these walls, one by one, to glass. The essays alert us to the holocaust that continues in farms and laboratories; a holocaust that most people ignore - not because they are bad people, but, perhaps, because the horror of what we do to animals is too big to contemplate. … The wonderful essays in this book remind us that any form of humanism must respect all sentient beings, and that a culture that can create workers who can bear listening to the screams of the "animals" they kill … and that can also create people who are prepared to look the other way and enjoy the spoils of the whole endeavour - is a culture that is not only cruel and deluded, but well primed for the next human holocaust.” The Independent on Sunday

"Peter Singer’s writing changed my life. I have waited for this book for a long time, a quarter of a century in fact. What an exquisite collection of fine writers with compelling philosophies, philosophies that translate into positive ways to change society and one’s own daily life for the better.” Ingrid Newkirk, President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


“A survey of the new wave of philosophy, science, and action in the cause of animals. The theoretical essays give a masterly overview of the field, while the essays on animal-rights activism are engaging and full of good sense.” J. M. Coetzee, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 2003


“Take your fork out of that animal on your plate, and sit down in a comfortable chair and read this book instead. Essential reading for anyone who cares deeply about the lives of animals.” Jeffrey Masson, author of The Pig Who Sang to the Moon

"I welcome the era when overwhelming, unconscionable cruelty is not longer the outstanding feature of people's interactions with animals. The books under review facilitate that era's arrival." Peter S. Wenz, Social Theory and Practice

Book Description

Peter Singer made animal rights an international concern when he first published In Defence of Animals and Animal Liberation over thirty years ago. In this revised edition, he brings together new essays by philosophers and activists, chronicling new thoughts on animal suffering, reassessing the question of personhood, and highlighting tales of effective advocacy. In addition, he lays out `Ten Tips for Activists', taking the reader beyond ethical theory and into the day-to-day campaigns for animal rights.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405119411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405119412
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Singer is sometimes called "the world's most influential living philosopher" although he thinks that if that is true, it doesn't say much for all the other living philosophers around today. He has also been called the father (or grandfather?) of the modern animal rights movement, even though he doesn't base his philosophical views on rights, either for humans or for animals.
In 2005 Time magazine named Singer one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute ranked him 3rd among Global Thought Leaders for 2013. (He crashed to 68th the following year, after GDI changed its methodology, which just shows how fleeting fame can be.) He is known especially for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life doctrine in bioethics, and for his writings on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty.

Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. In 2011 Time included Animal Liberation on its "All-TIME" list of the 100 best nonfiction books published in English since the magazine began, in 1923. Singer has written, co-authored, edited or co-edited more than 40 books, including Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live?, Rethinking Life and Death, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason), The Life You Can Save, The Point of View of the Universe (with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek), and, most recently, The Most Good You Can Do. His works have appeared in more than 25 languages.

Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. After teaching in England, the United States and Australia, he has, since 1999, been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Since 2005 he has combined that position with the position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. He is married, with three daughters and four grandchildren. His recreations include hiking and surfing. In 2012 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the nation's highest civic honour.

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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Judy Smith VINE VOICE on March 19, 2004
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Articles and essays from different people like philosophers, biologists, activists and lobbyists. Here you learn first hand accounts of the stories that have made headlines around the world...the plight of the Silver Spring laboratory monkeys, the freeing of the Island of the Dragon dolphins, the successful campaigns against the Draize and LD50 tests, extinctions of species, and confinement of animals in farm factories and zoos.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ZT on June 18, 2010
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The most brilliant book I have ever read. If you love animals and want to develop arguments for animal rights, this is a must have book. It does not deal with all the issues, but it does give explicit info on lab testing, farming, some activist wins, but overall it sets the mindframe of what human animals can do to live a more ethical life vis a vis their non-human counterparts. Mr. Singer is a gifted author and illuminated thinker. I strongly recommend it
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan on November 22, 2010
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I have hesitated purchasing this book for years - I knew it was going to be pretty awful to read. It is! The horrifying truth behind organized animal farming is much worse than I feared. The correlation between concentration camps and present-day animal farming is absolutely correct. The level of compassion for animals in the world is almost zero, and it is heartbreaking - that needs to be changed, along with more stringent laws. READ THIS BOOK if you wish to live in a decent society. Raise your children as Vegans. This should be mandatory reading in Grade School - teach children early on to respect our animal companions on earth and a whole new culture will be cultivated - a culture which I would embrace.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on July 4, 2011
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I learned more than I wanted to know about the food we eat every day. It is very good to be aware of what we consume and wehre it comes from. I have changed my diet as a result of this book. I have become much more aware of what me and my family consume, especially where and how it is produced. Though it may cost a little more, we have all switched to primarily organic foods and cut most of the meat out of our diets. Definitely worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel on January 15, 2014
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I am enjoying it. Checking facts as I read along and everything said has been backed up so far by sources that I've used. It's very factual and full of things to think about for each and every individual who cares about what they put into their body.
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