This is a revised version of a wonderful anthology of views on animals spanning more than two thousand years. Its unifying feature is that the people quoted hold to a holistic view of the underlying interconnections between all living things and the wider environment, and spell out its implications. The anthology, the best I have seen, showed me that serious humane thought, of the sort alluded to earlier, has a very long history. Plutarch, Porphyry and Pythagoras are all quoted here. Moreover, such thinking takes a wide variety of forms: poetry from such varied writers as W.H.Davies, Thomas Hood, Christina Rossetti, Alexander Pope and Spike Milligan; philosophy from the likes of Tom Regan, Peter Singer or Arthur Schopenhauer; science from the likes of Jane Goodall, Albert Einstein and Jacob Bronowski; and inspirational stuff from those like E.F.Schumacher, Dostoevsky, Victor Hugo, Tolstoy, Francis of Asissi, Thomas a Kempis and C.S.Lewis. There is even input from film stars like Doris Day, James Stewart and James Mason! If you are already convinced that animals need much more respect, reading this anthology will strengthen your resolve. If, on the other hand, you believe that advocates of animal rights are cranks, the vairety of thinkers quoted here will correct this impression. The statements vary from several pages in length (for instance, in quoting from ex-vivisector and pathologist Pietro Croce) to one-liners. To give you a flavour, here are a few of my favourite short quotes:  "Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul" [Mark Twain]  "You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity" [Ralph Waldo Emerson]  "...the question is not, can they [animals] reason? nor, can they talk? but, can they suffer?" [Jeremy Bentham]  "Whenever people say 'We mustn't be sentimental', you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add 'We must be realistic', they mean they are going to make money out of it. These slogans have a long history. After being used to justify slave traders, ruthless industrialists, and contractors who had found that the most economically 'realistic' method of cleaning a chimney was to force a small child to climb it, they have now been passed on, like an heirloom, to the factory farmers" [Brigid Brophy]
This is a truly thought-provoking, stimulating and inspiring read.