Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Nature - 229 pages
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Described by Jeffrey Masson as 'the single best introduction to animal rights ever written, ' this new book by Tom Regan will structure the animal rights debate for generations to come. In a style at once simple and elegant, Regan dispels the negative image of animal rights advocates perpetrated by the mass media, unmasks the fraudulent rhetoric of 'humane treatment' favored by animal exploiters, and explains why existing laws function to legitimize institutional cruelty. Written by the leading philosophical spokesperson for animal rights, Tom Regan's shocking exposZ of animal abuse makes an essential and lasting contribution that will significantly impact the history of animal rights advocacy in America
 

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According to this friendly but uncompromising manifesto,"being kind" and"avoiding cruelty" to animals is not enough. Regan proscribes instead a strict regime of"animal rights," forbidding any ... Read full review

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This book is an excellant source of information about animal rights. I would say, hands down, that Tom Regan (the author of this book and many others) is one of the leading philosophers involved in the Animal Rights Movement.
This book shines light on nearly all of the issues (not all of the issues) that animal rights fights against, ranging from the suffering of animals within the practices listed in the book to the problems with government policies concerning the treatment of animals.
There are only two minor negatives about this book that I could find: (1) Sometimes, it seems that Regan doesn't give much detail in his writing (most of the time, however, he gives much detail). (2) At times, it seems like he gets too opinionated (but that is because he is very passionate about his beliefs).
I give this book a rating of 4.75 out of 5, just because of the two minor negatives. But, because of the rating system and how it doesn't give you the option of giving 4.75, a I give it 5 out of 5!
 

Contents

The Cat
Norman Rockwell Americans
5
WHO ARE YOU ANIMAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES ANYWAY?
7
HOW DID YOU GET THAT WAY?
19
Moral Rights What They Are and Why They Matter
33
HUMAN RIGHTS
35
ANIMAL RIGHTS
51
Saying and Doing
73
TURNING ANIMALS INTO PERFORMERS
123
TURNING ANIMALS INTO COMPETITORS
139
TURNING ANIMALS INTO TOOLS
157
Many Hands on Many Oars
177
YES BUT
179
EPILOGUE The Cat
197
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
199
NOTES
201

WHAT WE LEARN FROM ALICE
75
The Metamorphoses
83
TURNING ANIMALS INTO FOOD
85
TURNING ANIMALS INTO CLOTHES
105

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About the author (2004)

Tom Regan is emeritus professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The author of more than twenty books, he is universally recognized as the intellectual leader of the animal rights movement. Among his most well-known works on animal rights are The Case for Animal Rights (1983), The Struggle for Animal Rights (1987), Defending Animal Rights (2001), and, with Carl Cohen, The Animal Rights Debate (2001).

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