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ISBN-13: 978-1405119412 ISBN-10: 1405119411 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405119411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405119412
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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66 of 76 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zeta 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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11 of 12 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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9 of 11 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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