Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know?

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Oxford University Press, Dec 31, 2010 - Political Science - 256 pages
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In this compelling volume in the What Everyone Needs to Know? series, Paul Waldau expertly navigates the many heated debates surrounding the complex and controversial animal rights movement. Organized around a series of probing questions, this timely resource offers the most complete, even-handed survey of the animal rights movement available. The book covers the full spectrum of issues, beginning with a clear, highly instructive definition of animal rights. Waldau looks at the different concerns surrounding companion animals, wild animals, research animals, work animals, and animals used for food, provides a no-nonsense assessment of the treatment of animals, and addresses the philosophical and legal arguments that form the basis of animal rights. Along the way, readers will gain insight into the history of animal protection-as well as the political and social realities facing animals today-and become familiar with a range of hot-button topics, from animal cognition and autonomy, to attempts to balance animal cruelty versus utility. Chronicled here are many key figures and organizations responsible for moving the animal rights movement forward, as well as legislation and public policy that have been carried out around the world in the name of animal rights and animal protection. The final chapter of this indispensable volume looks ahead to the future of animal rights, and delivers an animal protection mandate for citizens, scientists, governments, and other stakeholders. With its multidisciplinary, non-ideological focus and all-inclusive coverage, Animal Rights represents the definitive survey of the animal rights movement-one that will engage every reader and student of animal rights, animal law, and environmental ethics. What Everyone Needs to Know? is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
 

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Contents

1 General Information
1
2 The Animals Themselves
10
3 Philosophical Arguments
56
4 History and Culture
74
5 Laws
81
6 Political Realities
104
7 Social Realities
129
8 Education the Professions and the Arts
143
9 Contemporary SciencesNatural and Social
162
10 Major Figures and Organizations in the Animal Rights Movement
173
11 The Future of Animal Rights
189
TIME LINECHRONOLOGY OF IMPORTANT EVENTS
201
GLOSSARY
205
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
209
INDEX
215
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Paul Waldau is Associate Professor and Principal Faculty Member for the online graduate program in Anthrozoology at Canisius College and President of the Religion and Animals Institute. He has served four times as the Bob Barker Lecturer on Animal Law at Harvard Law School and will again do so in 2012.

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