Animals Like Us

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Verso, 2002 - Nature - 222 pages
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Foot-and-mouth and mad-cow disease are but two of the results of treating animals as commodities, subject only to commercial constraints and ignoring all natural and moral considerations. Chickens hanging by their necks on conveyor belts, caged pigs with sores, bloated dead sheep with their legs in the air, mutilated dogs waiting to die after undergoing horrendous experiments in the name of science or just product-testing—these are some of the images that illustrate the indifference of a consumerist society to the suffering of animals. Few are willing to recognize that the packaged, sanitized supermarket meat that materializes on their dinner tables every day is the result of an industrial process involving unimaginable pain and suffering. We would be horrified if our pets were harmed, yet every day we eat animals that have been tortured and executed.

Mark Rowlands claims that it is simply unjust to harm animals. As conscious, sentient beings, biologically continuous with humans, they have interests that cannot simply be disregarded. Using simple principles of justice, he argues that animals have moral rights, and examines the consequences of this claim in the contexts of vegetarianism, animal experimentation, zoos and hunting, and animal rights activism.
  

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User Review  - Hugh Treharne - Goodreads

Very keen to read this which is described as an extension of the veil of ignorance to cover species! Read full review

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User Review  - Hugh Treharne - Goodreads

Very keen to read this which is described as an extension of the veil of ignorance to cover species! Read full review

Contents

DO ANIMALS HAVE MINDS?
3
THE MORAL CLUB
26
JUSTICE FOR ALL
58
KILLING ANIMALS
70
USING ANIMALS FOR FOOD
100
USING ANIMALS FOR EXPERIMENTS
124
ZOOS
152
HUNTING
160
PETS
169
ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM
177
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
195
NOTES
214
INDEX
217
Copyright

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Animal Ethics
Robert Garner
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About the author (2002)

Mark Rowlands is a British writer and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. His many books include The Philosopher and the Wolf.

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