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Ethics Into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement Paperback – November 23, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One life's calling, one life's passion, one life's work of conscience and art. Here is the story of someone who dances to his own drummer, leading the revolution forward. (Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat and Neither Man Nor Beast)
Henry Spira is a shining example of how to be an effective, pragmatic, and humane animal activist. In this volume, world-renowned philosopher Peter Singer, who was the inspiration for Spira's start in animal activism, has produced a marvelously lucid and insightful biography of his life and activist philosophy. (Paul G. Irwin, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States)
You cannot have an accurate understanding of what the animal rights movement has achieved these last three decades without reading what the movement's most revered philosopher relates in Ethics into Action about the movement's most tactically brilliant activist. . . . To have insight into the still-spinning web of Henry's life is to understand how compassion sensibly lived can drive humane accomplishments. (John F. Kullberg, executive director of the HSUS Wildlife Land Trust)
The name Henry Spira is synonymous with activism that makes a difference . . . and that carries with it the broad perspective that is needed. When the animal rights movement finally achieves the respect it deserves . . . Spira will be to animal liberation as King was to civil rights―and Singer, a giant himself in our field, tells his story as no one else could have. (Doug Moss, cofounder of Animal's Agenda Magazine)
Henry Spira is not a Catholic, but if he were his patron saint would surely be St. Francis of Assisi―he who loved all God's creatures. All his life Henry has fought for the helpless, but most of all for the most helpless of the helpless. Here is his story in Peter Singer's Ethics into Action, a powerful scholarly and often painful narrative, a book bristling with facts and documentation. If you are Catholic you'll put Henry Spira's picture right up there with St. Francis, and, in honor of Peter Singer, you might pass on that next sirloin steak. (Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes)
Without being preachy or polemical, this brilliant consciousness-raising life story makes a strong case that it's time to phase out the needless suffering of animals. (Publishers Weekly)
Singer has produced a clear, engaging and useful account of Spira's productive career. (The Nation)
Singer's well-written and fascinating book is essential for animal welfare and animal rights collections. (Peggie Partelo, Keene State college, NH Library Journal 1999-01-01)
inspirational to those who are working for any kind of social change, because they demonstrate that it is possible . . . (Bloomsburg Review 1999-03-15)
Singer has written an admirable biography of an individual whose life can provide lessons to us all: a man who cut through the nonsense and had a profound effect on many who knew him. But above all else, Ethics into Action demonstrates how important certain unique individuals are to political movements. (David J. Wolfson The Animals' Agenda)
Peter Singer has done well to introduce Henry Spira to a wider public. (E.S. Turner Times Literary Supplement)
Singer's story of his friend [Henry Spira] is engrossing, and will inspire moderate activists the world over. (The New York Review Of Books)
This unique book explores the way philosophical arguments on behalf of non-human animals shaped one man's life and the way that man's life subsequently shaped the strategies and activism of an entire social movement. (Political Studies Review)
An inspiring introduction to the world of animal rights, environmental ethics, social activism, and personal choice. The book flows in a lively fashion and should prove both interesting and informative to readers at all levels. (CHOICE)
Social movement scholars will enjoy reading Ethics into Action as a case study of an early animal rights activist. More importantly, this book provides an alternative view to the single-minded focus of the animal rights movement by displaying an activist whose pragmatic approach connected themes from myriad social movements. Above all, the book is a primer fro social activists who are interested how to achieve change. For those dissatisfied with simply yelling at the public, Singer has written a book that can help activists envision how activists can take on seemingly impossible opponents and win. (Social Movement Studies)
Top Customer Reviews
In the mid-80s, Spira tackled farm animal issues and was responsible for stopping industry-wide ritual slaughter practices. Fully conscious cattle, weighing up to 2,000 pounds, were shackled, hoisted into the air, and hung upside down by one leg until they were slaughtered. Spira also abolished the USDA practice of branding Mexican cattle on the face. His powerful, full-page newspaper advertisements created such a public outcry that face branding was discontinued. By the 90's, his focus turned to major food producers and fast food chains such as McDonalds, Perdue and KFC. Not only did he fight for more humane treatment of animals who were oftentimes raised in such crowded conditions they could not turn around or stretch their legs, he fought for better conditions for underpaid factory workers.
What many people might not realize is that Henry Spira lived his beliefs. Not only did he believe animals should be treated ethically, he believed his opponents should be treated with an ethical fairness missing in most activism today.Read more ›
Spira's activism was highly intelligent, practical, strategic and committed to the long term - he is a hero of the animal rights movement.
Thank you for such an amazing book! It is a must read for anyone involved in activism. It shares a lifetime of wisdom. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for anyone looking to support animal testing alternatives. Henry Spira was a visionary!Published 23 months ago by CaseyLynn
This book is a must-read for anyone who is into activism. The first chapter you can skip if you're in a hurry (it goes through a short biography of this amazing man). Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Boris Yakubchik
Singer is a terrific researcher and is genuinely interested in Spira; however, I think Singer spends too many pages on Spira's background. Chapters 2-6 are excellent, though. Read morePublished on April 19, 2006 by J. Hunt
I stumbled across a glowing recommendation for this book within a blog entry posted by a fellow vegan. Read morePublished on March 9, 2006 by Jennifer D. Walker
The story of Henry himself is amazing enough, but this wonderful book is even more than that. Weaved into the life story of Henry are the stories of so many other people. Read morePublished on February 27, 2006 by Y. Lu
I recommend this book to anyone who is passionate about animal rights, or any other cause for that matter. Read morePublished on August 14, 2000 by Nicola Hempel
I haven't read any of peter singer's books yet or any auhtors's personal experience with the animal kingdom, but my feeling/truism on the animal/mammal/reptile/amphibian topic is... Read morePublished on January 25, 2000 by tammy fields
I don't want to take anything away from Peter Singer's celebration of Henry Spira's life or work in pursuit of animal rights. Read morePublished on July 5, 1999