In Defence of Animals
Singer (Peter), Ed.
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Amazon Customer Review1

  1. 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 rights2 activists and their strategies.
  2. Contributors include Richard D. Ryder, Jim Mason, Matt Ball, Karen Dawn, Lauren Ornelas and John Mackey, among others.
  3. Gaverick Matheny's arguments for extending equal consideration to sentient beings not belonging to our species are concise and powerful. David DeGrazia3 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.
  4. An essential and enlightening read; I highly recommend it.

Contents
      Acknowledgements – vii
      The Contributors – ix
    1. Prologue: Ethics and the New Animal Liberation Movement (Peter Singer) – 1
  1. THE IDEAS
    1. The Case for Animal Rights4 (Tom Regan) – 13
    2. The Scientific Basis for Assessing Suffering in Animals (Marian Stamp Dawkins) – 27
    3. Good Dogs and Other Animals (Stephen R. L. Clark) – 41
    4. Persons and Non-Persons (Mary Midgley) – 52
    5. Images of Death and Life: Food Animal Production and the Vegetarian Option (Harriet Schleifer) – 63
  2. THE PROBLEMS
    1. Speciesism in the Laboratory (Richard D. Ryder) – 77
    2. Brave New Farm? (Jim Mason) – 89
    3. Against Zoos (Dale Jamieson) – 108
    4. Animal Rights5, Endangered Species and Human Survival (Lewis Regenstein) – 118
  3. THE ACTIVISTS AND THEIR STRATEGIES
    1. The Silver Spring Monkeys (Alex Pacheco with Anna Francione) – 135
    2. The Island of the Dragon (Dexter L. Cate) – 148
    3. A Matter of Change (Donald J. Barnes) – 157
    4. Animal Rights6 in the Political Arena (Clive Hollands) – 168
    5. 'They Clearly Now See the Link': Militant Voices (Philip Windeatt) – 179
    6. Fighting to Win (Henry Spira) – 194
    7. Epilogue (Peter Singer) – 209

    Further Reading – 212
    Useful Organizations – 216
    Index – 219



In-Page Footnotes ("Singer (Peter), Ed. - In Defence of Animals")

Footnote 1: This appears to be of the 2nd Edition – In Defence of Animals – The Second Wave, 2005. Most of the authors mentioned by the reviewer don’t seem to feature in my edition.

Footnote 3: The paper - "On the Question of Person-hood Beyond Homo Sapiens" – is not contained in my edition, but "DeGrazia (David) - Human Identity and Bioethics: Introduction" claims to be based on it.


BOOK COMMENT:
  • Basil Blackwell; First Edition, 1985 (1986 reprint).
  • Later editions contain further papers.
  • Part I papers itemised;
  • Parts II and III are less philosophically relevant.



"Clark (Stephen) - Good Dogs and Other Animals"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Dawkins (Marian Stamp) - The Scientific Basis for Assessing Suffering in Animals"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Midgley (Mary) - Persons and Non-Persons"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Regan (Tom) - The Case for Animal Rights"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Regenstein (Lewis) - Animal Rights, Endangered Species and Human Survival"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Schleifer (Harriet) - Images of Death and Life: Food Animal Production and the Vegitarian Option"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Singer (Peter) - In Defence of Animals: Epilogue"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Singer (Peter) - In Defence of Animals: Prologue: Ethics and the New Animal Liberation Movement"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985



"Singer (Peter), Ed. - In Defence of Animals: Other Papers"

Source: Singer - In Defence of Animals (1st Edition), 1985


Essays
  1. Speciesism in the Laboratory (Richard D. Ryder)
  2. Brave New Farm? (Jim Mason)
  3. Against Zoos (Dale Jamieson)
  4. The Silver Spring Monkeys (Alex Pacheco with Anna Francione)
  5. The Island of the Dragon (Dexter L. Cate)
  6. A Matter of Change (Donald J. Barnes)
  7. Animal Rights1 in the Political Arena (Clive Hollands)
  8. ‘They Clearly Now See the Link’: Militant Voices (Philip Windeatt)
  9. Fighting to Win (Henry Spira)



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