Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child Or the Dog? (Google eBook)

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Temple University Press, Jul 29, 2010 - Nature - 272 pages
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Two-thirds of Americansá polled by the Associated Press agree with the following statement: "An animal's right to live free of suffering should be just as important as a person's right to live free of suffering." More than 50 percent of Americans believe that it is wrong to kill animals to make fur coats or to hunt them for sport. But these same Americans eat hamburgers, take their children to circuses and rodeos, and use products developed with animal testing. How do we justify our inconsistency?

In this easy-to-read introduction, animal rights advocate Gary Francione looks at our conventional moral thinking bout animals. Using examples, analogies, and thought-experiments, he reveals the dramatic inconsistency between what we say we believe about animals and how we actually treat them.

Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? provides a guidebook to examining our social and personal ethical beliefs. It takes us through concepts of property and equal consideration to arrive at the basic contention of animal rights: that everyone -- human andá non-human -- has the right not to be treated as a means to an end. Along the way, it illuminates concepts and theories that all of us use but few of us understand -- the nature of "rights" and "interests," for example, and the theories of Locke, Descartes, and Bentham.

Filled with fascinating information and cogent arguments, this is a book that you may love or hate, but that will not fail to inform, enlighten, and educate.
  

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Contents

Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals
1
A Trickier Question
31
Animals as Property
50
The Principle of Equal Consideration
81
Photographs
90
5 Robots Religion and Rationality
103
Benthams Mistake
130
Your Child or the Dog?
151
Twenty Questions and Answers
167
Notes
189
Index
225
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Gary L. Francione is Professor of Law and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University Law School, Newark. He is the author of Animals, Property, an dthe Law and Rain without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (both Temple).

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