Animal Rights & Human Morality

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Prometheus Books, 2010 - Nature - 400 pages
It''s been more than two decades since the first edition of this landmark book garnered public accolades for its sensitive yet honest and forthright approach to the many disquieting questions surrounding the emotional debate over animal rights. Is moral concern something owed by human beings only to human beings? Drawing upon his philosophical expertise, his extensive experience of working with animal issues all over the world, and his knowledge of biological science, Bernard E. Rollin - now widely recognized as the father of veterinary ethics - develops a compelling analysis of animal rights as it is emerging in society. The result is a sound basis for rational discussion and social policy development in this area of rapidly growing concern. He believes that society must elevate the moral status of animals and protect their rights as determined by their natures. His public speaking and published works have contributed to passage of major federal legislation designed to increase the well-being of laboratory animals. This new third edition is greatly expanded and includes a new chapter on animal agriculture, plus additional discussions of animal law, companion animal issues, genetic engineering, animal pain, animal research, and many other topics.
 

Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
15
MORAL THEORY AND ANIMALS
33
Duties toward Animals as Duties toward Humans
48
Kants Theory of Reason
57
The Ordinary Notion of Rationality
65
Animals and Human Language
71
A Critique of Scientific Ideology
84
Variability of Pain Experience in Humans and Animals
91
ANIMAL RIGHTS AND LEGAL RIGHTS
143
THE USE AND ABUSE OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH
175
MORALITY AND PET ANIMALS
285
ANIMAL AGRICULTURE
329
Afterword to the Second Edition
369
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