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A Must-Read for Anyone Who Wants To Make a Difference
on 8 September 1998
Peter Singer's latest book, "Ethics Into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement," is much more than a biography of the New York activist. Singer shows how an individual without money or apparatus can make a difference in today's complex world. He also shows in rich detail how Spira was able to influence multi-billion dollar corporations, major institutions and even the U.S. government.
The book chronicles the beginnings of the modern animal rights movement which was launched in 1975 by Singer's bestselling "Animal Liberation." The story includes Spira's familiar Revlon campaign that set the stage for cruelty-free labeling on many of today's cosmetics products. But it also recounts Spira's earlier involvement in the Civil Rights struggle, the fight for democracy in the National Maritime Union, and his confrontations with the FBI as a reporter in the 1950's.
Observing Spira's problem-solving skills in action makes this book seem like a training manual for activists and a valuable resource for anyone with a results-oriented agenda. It is also a fascinating story told with engaging clarity.
We all want to feel that our lives are meaningful, that we are doing more than just "consuming products and generating garbage" (Spira's words). This book shows us how one man was able to translate good ideas and intentions into meaningful action and change. The world is a better place because Henry Spira was here.