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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