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(Francione (Gary)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_6381.htm">Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/F/Author_Francione (Gary).htm">Francione (Gary)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_6381.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_6381.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <p><B>Authors Citing this Book</B>: <A HREF = "../../../Authors/F/Author_Francione (Gary).htm">Francione (Gary)</A></p><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Amazon Book Description</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Two-thirds of Americans polled by the "Associated Press" agree with the following statement: "An animal's right to live free of suffering should be just as important as a person's right to live free of suffering." More than 50 percent of Americans believe that it is wrong to kill animals to make fur coats or to hunt them for sport. But these same Americans eat hamburgers, take their children to circuses and rodeos, and use products developed with animal testing. How do we justify our inconsistency? </li><li>In this easy-to-read introduction, animal rights advocate Gary Francione looks at our conventional moral thinking about animals. Using examples, analogies, and <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">thought-experiments</A><SUP>1</SUP>, he reveals the dramatic inconsistency between what we say we believe about animals and how we actually treat them. </li><li><em>Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?</em> provides a guidebook to examining our social and personal ethical beliefs. It takes us through concepts of property and equal consideration to arrive at the basic contention of animal rights: that everyone - human and non-human - has the right not to be treated as a means to an end. </li><li>Along the way, it illuminates concepts and theories that all of us use but few of us understand - the nature of "rights" and "interests," for example, and the theories of Locke, Descartes, and Bentham. Filled with fascinating information and cogent arguments, this is a book that you may love or hate, but that will never fail to inform, enlighten, and educate.</li></ol> </FONT><BR><U>Chapters</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Foreword by Alan Watson  ix<BR>Acknowledgments  xv<BR>Introduction  xix<li>The Diagnosis: Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals  1</li><li>Vivisection: A Trickier Question  31</li><li>The Cause of Our Moral Schizophrenia: Animals as Property  50</li><li>The Cure for Our Moral Schizophrenia: The Principle of Equal Consideration  81</li><li>Robots, Religion, and Rationality  103</li><li>Having Our Cow and Eating Her Too: Bentham's Mistake  130</li><li>Animal Rights: Your <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_B6381_2">Child</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_B6381_2"></A> or the Dog?  151<BR>Appendix: Twenty Questions (and Answers)  167<BR>Notes  189<BR>Index  225<BR>Photographs  following page 90 </li></ol> </FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U> (<a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6381.htm">Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?</A>")</B><a name="On-Page_Link_B6381_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_B6381_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>It is worth pointing out that Francione does have a common-sense set of principles whereby  in extremis  you can morally prefer to rescue human beings rather than animals: just as  in extremis  you can rescue some people rather than others. </li><li>But this doesn t mean that you could have behaved abominably to the unrescued people prior to the crisis; likewise with the unrescued animals. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Temple University Press,U.S. (July 1999)</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21689.htm">Watson (Alan) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Foreword</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Foreword<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>"<A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21693.htm">Francione (Gary) - The Cure for Our Moral Schizophrenia: The Principle of Equal Consideration</A>", p. 88 advertises Professor Alan Watson as  the leading expert on slavery and slave law .</li><li>This Foreward has an interesting conclusion, where Alan Watson confesses his (much diminished) commitment to bird hunting and fishing, as well as meat-eating.</li><li>He also admits that he would  despite qualms  have remained a slave-owner! </li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21500.htm">Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Introduction</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Introduction<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Comments</U><ol type="1"><li><b>Animals: What We Say and What We Do</b>:<ul type="disc"><li>Statistics on  animal lovers & the majority in favour of animals rights to be free of suffering. Statistics on expenditure on pets, and  as an example - $800k spent rescuing 3 whales stuck under Alaskan ice. </li><li>Contrasting statistics on our use of animals for:- <ol type="i"><li>Food: an interesting statistic was that 7.9 bn of the 8 bn animals killed each year for food are chickens. That still leaves a lot of non-chickens, of course. </li><li>Hunting: a big issue in the USA  200m killed / year and maybe the same again injured but not  retrieved . </li><li>Biomedical experimentation</li><li>Entertainment: this is rather a <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P21500_1">mixed bag</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P21500_1"></A> and includes zoos, circuses, horse and dog racing, marine mammal shows, rodeos and bullfighting. </li><li><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P21500_2">Clothing</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P21500_2"></A></ol></li><li>It s not just the numbers, but the poor treatment  industrial animals receive before and durig their end. </li><li>So  in summary  we claim to think animals have morally-signficant interests, but our treatment of them belies such claims. </li></ul></li><li><b>Our Conventional Wisdom:Can We Prefer Humas But Only When  Necessary ? </b>: <ul type="disc"><li></li><li><ol type="i"><li><em>Intuition 1: We Can Prefer Humans in Situations of  Necessity </em></li><li><em>Intuition 2: It Is Wrong to Inflict  Unnecessary Suffering on Animals</em> </ol> </li><li> </li></ul></li><li><b>The Humane Treatment Principle: A Prohibition against  Unnecessary Animal Suffering</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li></ul></li><li><b>The Problem: We Do Not Practice What We Preach</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li></ul></li><li><b>Animals as Property: An Unbalanced Balance</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li></ul></li><li><b>The Solution: Taking Animal Interests Seriously</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li><li><ol type="i"><li><em>The Concept of Rights</em>: </li><li><em>The Basic Right Not to Be Treated as a Thing</em>:</li><li><em>Animal Rights</em>:</li><li><em>What About the Burning House?</em>: </ol> </li><li></li></ul></li><li><b>Confusion about Animal Ethics</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li></ul> </li><li><b>Earlier Approaches</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li></ul> </li><li><b>A Word about  Proving Moral Matters</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li></ul> </li><li><b>Animal Minds</b>:<ul type="disc"><li></li></ul> </li><li><b>An Outline of the Book</b>: <FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>In Chapters 1 and 2, we will explore what I call  moral schizophrenia about animals. We all claim to accept the humane treatment principle and to agree that inflicting unnecessary suffering on animals is morally wrong. Nevertheless, the overwhelming portion of our animal use cannot be described as necessary in any coherent or meaningful sense. </li><li>In Chapter 3, we will see that the reason for our schizophrenia is related to the status of animals as property. As long as we regard animals as things that we own and they have only that value which we accord them, animal suffering will almost always be considered necessary as long as it provides some benefit for us as property owners. </li><li>In Chapter 4, we will explore the cure for our moral schizophrenia: the application of the principle of equal consideration, which requires that we extend to animals the basic right not to be treated as human property and that we abolish animal exploitation. </li><li>In Chapter 5, we will consider whether there are any sound moral reasons that would justify our not extending this basic right to animals.</li><li>In Chapter 6, we will consider as a historical matter how the humane treatment principle went wrong and why we thought that we could treat animals as having moral status while at the same time we continued to use them as our resources. </li><li>In Chapter 7, we will discuss whether we can preserve our intuition that we may prefer humans in situations of true emergency or conflict while at the same time we accept the position that all sentient nonhumans possess a basic right not to be treated as things and that we may not use animals as our resources. </li><li>In the Appendix, I will discuss twenty commonly asked questions about animal rights, and I will endeavor to provide answers to those questions.</li></ul></FONT> </li></ol></P><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U> ("<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_21/Abstract_21500.htm">Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Introduction</A>")</B><a name="On-Page_Link_P21500_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P21500_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Francione s Kantian approach to animal rights leads him to lump together gross ills with  jobs . </li><li>Many  maybe most  human beings have tought lives which are not much fun. There are few free lunches for humans or other animals. </li><li>That s not to say that the majority of human and non-human animals+XX+ should not be better treated, but  treatment isn t the root of the problem for Francione  rather, moral  status is. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P21500_2"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P21500_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Francione entitles this  fashion , but the use of animal skins for clothing has long historical precedent  substantially a necessity. </li><li>This is one of the least justifiable present uses, except where skins are a by-product of other uses. </li><li>However, the examples given are of animals bred specifically for the fashion industry. </li></ul> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21690.htm">Francione (Gary) - The Diagnosis: Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 1<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21691.htm">Francione (Gary) - Vivisection: A Trickier Question</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 2<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21692.htm">Francione (Gary) - The Cause of Our Moral Schizophrenia: Animals as Property</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 3<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21693.htm">Francione (Gary) - The Cure for Our Moral Schizophrenia: The Principle of Equal Consideration</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 4<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21694.htm">Francione (Gary) - Robots, Religion, and Rationality</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 5<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21695.htm">Francione (Gary) - Having Our Cow and Eating Her Too: Bentham's Mistake</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 6<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21696.htm">Francione (Gary) - Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 7<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_21/PaperSummary_21697.htm">Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Twenty Questions (and Answers)</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? 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