- Gary Francione's Rain Without Thunder is published at a time when the animal rights1 movement has lost some of the considerable energy and the direction that it had in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet, Francione's book is adroitly enough positioned, I believe, to galvanize the movement with the sort of 'either you are with us or against us' dictum that Lenin's What Is To Be Done? did with an earlier schism.
- Clearly, all the items in its political agenda are not yet present and to reach that point some unaddressed questions must be explored.
- Do all animals have rights or – as Tom Regan has implied – only mammals and other beings at the higher reaches of the evolutionary2 scale?
- What rights, precisely, should be attached to companion animals ('pets') and to rare and endangered species whose only hope of survival is to be found in zoos?
- How should the animal rights3 movement align itself with feminism and the broader green movement?
- Apart from this necessary yet unfinished business, I very much enjoyed this important book and will certainly use it in my undergraduate course on animal abuse.
Review of Gary Francione - "Rain Without Thunder"
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