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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Revised edition edition (4 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405119411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405119412
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Paul McCartney once said that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. This book continues Peter Singer′s important, urgent project of turning these walls, one by one, to glass. The essays alert us to the holocaust that continues in farms and laboratories; a holocaust that most people ignore – not because they are bad people, but, perhaps, because the horror of what we do to animals is too big to contemplate. The wonderful essays in this book remind us that any form of humanism must respect all sentient beings, and that a culture that can create workers who can bear listening to the screams of the "animals" they kill and that can also create people who are prepared to look the other way and enjoy the spoils of the whole endeavour – is a culture that is not only cruel and deluded, but well primed for the next human holocaust. The Independent on Sunday

"Peter Singer s writing changed my life. I have waited for this book for a long time, a quarter of a century in fact. What an exquisite collection of fine writers with compelling philosophies, philosophies that translate into positive ways to change society and one s own daily life for the better. Ingrid Newkirk, President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

A survey of the new wave of philosophy, science, and action in the cause of animals. The theoretical essays give a masterly overview of the field, while the essays on animal–rights activism are engaging and full of good sense. J. M. Coetzee, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 2003

Take your fork out of that animal on your plate, and sit down in a comfortable chair and read this book instead. Essential reading for anyone who cares deeply about the lives of animals. Jeffrey Masson, author of The Pig Who Sang to the Moon

"I welcome the era when overwhelming, unconscionable cruelty is not longer the outstanding feature of people′s interactions with animals. The books under review facilitate that era′s arrival." Peter S. Wenz, Social Theory and Practice

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In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave brings together the best current ethical thinking about animals. Edited by Peter Singer, who made speciesism an international issue in 1975 when he published Animal Liberation, this new book presents the state of the animal movement that his classic work helped to inspire.

Long hailed as a brilliant and controversial philosopher, Singer has assembled incisive new articles by philosophers and by activists. In Defense of Animals is sure to inform and inspire all who want to understand, or contribute to, the unfolding moral revolution in the way we treat animals.

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Peter Singer explores the realms of animal cruelty and discusses the hypocritical attitude of many who believe themselves to be pro animal rights. I myself am an animal lover and vegetarian who thought she had heard it all but was amazed to read many of Singers' exposes. This book opened my eyes towards my then slightly hypocritical attitude towards animal rights. It is a must for anyone contemplating vegetarianism or simply exploring the world of animal cruelty. This truly shows how one person can make a difference despite adversity and struggle, a sensible and informative account of one mans' struggle against the disbelievers.
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The book contains a collection of essays pertinent to the plight of animals used for food, clothing, entertainment and research, edited by Peter Singer. Topics explored include the moral status of animals and our obligations to them according to utilitarianism, the scientific basis for assessing suffering in animals, personhood beyond Homo Sapiens, animals' relegation to the status of objects by philosophers in the past and factors that shaped the status quo, speciesism in the laboratory, the harm that factory farms do to animals, humans and the environment, the lack of proper justification for keeping animals in zoos, farming practices that have been outlawed in Europe, the slaughter of great apes in the Congo Basin in Central Africa, and a very inspiring section on animal rights activists and their strategies. Contributors include Richard D. Ryder, Jim Mason, Matt Ball, Karen Dawn, Lauren Ornelas and John Mackey, among others.

Gaverick Matheny's arguments for extending equal consideration to sentient beings not belonging to our species are concise and powerful. David DeGrazia opened my eyes afresh to the fact that humans are not the only intelligent animals, and that there is no insuperable line between humans and other animals. I found the accounts of heroic actions taken by those who have taken the plight of unfairly and brutally exploited animals to heart extremely moving.

An essential and enlightening read; I highly recommend it.
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A phenomenal book, vital for anyone who cares about animals. From the man who in many ways started the rights of animals revolution, with his 'Bible' Animal Liberation. Absolutely fantastic!
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A loud voice for animals stop the animal holocaust. This is a must read to learn about the suffering of animals.
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Articles and essays from different people like philosophers, biologists, activists and lobbyists. Here you learn first hand accounts of the stories that have made headlines around the world...the plight of the Silver Spring laboratory monkeys, the freeing of the Island of the Dragon dolphins, the successful campaigns against the Draize and LD50 tests, extinctions of species, and confinement of animals in farm factories and zoos.
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HASH(0x8c8fb828) out of 5 stars A Must Read for Animal Awareness & Compassion 22 Nov. 2010
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I have hesitated purchasing this book for years - I knew it was going to be pretty awful to read. It is! The horrifying truth behind organized animal farming is much worse than I feared. The correlation between concentration camps and present-day animal farming is absolutely correct. The level of compassion for animals in the world is almost zero, and it is heartbreaking - that needs to be changed, along with more stringent laws. READ THIS BOOK if you wish to live in a decent society. Raise your children as Vegans. This should be mandatory reading in Grade School - teach children early on to respect our animal companions on earth and a whole new culture will be cultivated - a culture which I would embrace.
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HASH(0x8c8fb630) out of 5 stars A mind opener 18 Jun. 2010
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The most brilliant book I have ever read. If you love animals and want to develop arguments for animal rights, this is a must have book. It does not deal with all the issues, but it does give explicit info on lab testing, farming, some activist wins, but overall it sets the mindframe of what human animals can do to live a more ethical life vis a vis their non-human counterparts. Mr. Singer is a gifted author and illuminated thinker. I strongly recommend it
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I learned more than I wanted to know about the food we eat every day. It is very good to be aware of what we consume and wehre it comes from. I have changed my diet as a result of this book. I have become much more aware of what me and my family consume, especially where and how it is produced. Though it may cost a little more, we have all switched to primarily organic foods and cut most of the meat out of our diets. Definitely worth reading.
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I am enjoying it. Checking facts as I read along and everything said has been backed up so far by sources that I've used. It's very factual and full of things to think about for each and every individual who cares about what they put into their body.
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