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  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S. (23 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566394619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566394611
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Francione cogently argues that the Animal Liberation Movement, though using rights rhetoric and espousing the eradication of animal exploitation, actually represents a new, self-defeating welfarism because its tactics embody the animal welfare position. Consequently, the plight of animals is worse than it was twenty years ago." --Choice "[A] must-read for those teaching animal ethics and for any laboratory animal specialist wanting to obtain a deeper understanding of the Animal Rights Movement." --Lab Animal "Francione's book is a major contribution to the literature on applied ethical and jurisprudential theory, as well as an intriguing sociological analysis of a political movement. The context...is the current confusion within the animal movement over the distinction between animal 'rights' and animal 'welfare.' ...Francione argues that animal welfare has certain 'structural' defects and proposes an alternative theory of applied animal rights ethics [that] is creative, original, and provocative." --Alan Watson, Ernest P. Rogers Professor of Law and Research Professor, University of Georgia, School of Law "In the past decade, a number of progressive social movements have become increasingly moderate and even reactionary in their attempts to become more 'mainstream.' Francione's book brilliantly analyzes this phenomenon in a particular context--the animal rights movement... [His] analysis is an articulate and insightful warning not only for those interested in animal rights but for those interested in understanding the current paralysis of other movements for social justice. This is an important book." --Drucilla Cornell, Professor of Women's Studies and Law, Rutgers University "Rain without Thunder is a must read for all those interested in the difficult but extremely important issues centering on how nonhuman animals are used and abused by human animals. Francione does not hesitate to take on the 'big names' on both sides of the fence [in] this bold and tightly argued book." --Marc Bekoff, Professor of Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder and co-editor of Readings in Animal Cognition and An Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare "Gary Francione's work is both refined and exhaustively documented. [He] makes a strong case for viewing the animal rights position as both realistic and practical... This is, in itself, a major contribution to the literature and one that will change the course of debate over animals." --Michael Fox, Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University, Faculty of Arts

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Gary L. Francione is Professor of Law and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach Scholar of Law at Rutgers University Law School, Newark. He is the co-director of the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Center and the author of "Animals, Property, and the Law "(Temple).

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kamisera on 13 Dec. 2011
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Crucial for understanding the animal rights/liberation movement and why anyone who takes the interests of animals seriously should go vegan and not the support the animal "welfare" movement.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 1997
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Rain Without Thunder is a penetrating look at howanimal rights activism without a clear understanding of important philosophical differences between animal rights and animal welfare has led to ineffective strategies which, Francione argues, serve only to more deeply entrench the speciesist paradigms that lead to animal oppression. Francione's insights are important not only for animal rights activists, but for everyone working for social justice. The first truly original animal rights book I have seen in a long time. Read it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 1998
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In "Rain Without Thunder," Francione discusses the emergence of "new welfarists" who are doing the animals more harm than good. He meticulously lays out why animal welfare cannot lead to animal liberation. And argues a need for change. This book is a must read for all animal rights activists. Unfortunately you won't see it carried by mainstream "animal rights" (which GF calles the "new welfarists")organizations, because it is much too controversial!
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By K. M. Fitzgibbon on 14 Nov. 2014
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An invaluable book for animal rights: perhaps the most important one yet written.
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 1996
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First, this is a book for the anointed. Those who don't
already think cows deserve personhood need not bother;
there's absolutely nothing here that will convince you.

For anyone left: Written in wandering, equivocal academic
speak and crushingly redundant, this is a book that took
230 pages to say what could have been said in ten, and still
failed to say much at all. Synopsis:

"Animals are persons, too. 'Mainstream' animal rights groups
aid animal 'exploiters' because
they still behave as if animals are, well, animals.
'Mainstream' animal rights groups are also sexist because
they only throw red paint on women. We must demand an
immediate end to institutionalized animal use. We'd be silly
to expect an immediate end to institutionalized animal use.
We must demand incremental changes within the 'all animal
use must end' paradigm. I don't know how, but let's talk."

Unless you'd like to give this book to someone too
comfortable with the state of higher education -
Mr. Francione is a law professor at Rutgers - I'd strongly
suggest you save your money.

If you must read it, take mine. Please.
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