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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for animal wellwishers, 8 Oct. 2002
This review is from: IN DEFENCE OF ANIMALS (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - everyone should read this book, 9 Sept. 2010
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave, 26 Feb. 2009
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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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