Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?
Francione (Gary)
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  1. 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?
  2. In this easy-to-read introduction, animal rights advocate Gary Francione looks at our conventional moral thinking about animals. Using examples, analogies, and thought-experiments, he reveals the dramatic inconsistency between what we say we believe about animals and how we actually treat them.
  3. Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? 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.
  4. 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.

Chapters
    Foreword by Alan Watson – ix
    Acknowledgments – xv
    Introduction – xix
  1. The Diagnosis: Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals – 1
  2. Vivisection: A Trickier Question – 31
  3. The Cause of Our Moral Schizophrenia: Animals as Property – 50
  4. The Cure for Our Moral Schizophrenia: The Principle of Equal Consideration – 81
  5. Robots, Religion, and Rationality – 103
  6. Having Our Cow and Eating Her Too: Bentham's Mistake – 130
  7. Animal Rights: Your Child1 or the Dog? – 151
    Appendix: Twenty Questions (and Answers) – 167
    Notes – 189
    Index – 225
    Photographs – following page 90



In-Page Footnotes ("Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?")

Footnote 1:
BOOK COMMENT:

Temple University Press,U.S. (July 1999)



"Watson (Alan) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Foreword"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Foreword



"Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Introduction"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Introduction


Comments
  1. Animals: What We Say and What We Do:
    • 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.
    • Contrasting statistics on our use of animals for:-
      1. 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.
      2. Hunting: a big issue in the USA – 200m killed / year and maybe the same again injured but not “retrieved”.
      3. Biomedical experimentation
      4. Entertainment: this is rather a mixed bag1 and includes zoos, circuses, horse and dog racing, marine mammal shows, rodeos and bullfighting.
      5. Clothing2
    • It’s not just the numbers, but the poor treatment “industrial” animals receive before and durig their end.
    • So – in summary – we claim to think animals have morally-signficant interests, but our treatment of them belies such claims.
  2. Our Conventional Wisdom:Can We Prefer Humas But Only When “Necessary”? :
      1. Intuition 1: We Can Prefer Humans in Situations of “Necessity”
      2. Intuition 2: It Is Wrong to Inflict “Unnecessary” Suffering on Animals
  3. The Humane Treatment Principle: A Prohibition against “Unnecessary” Animal Suffering:
  4. The Problem: We Do Not Practice What We Preach:
  5. Animals as Property: An Unbalanced Balance:
  6. The Solution: Taking Animal Interests Seriously:
      1. The Concept of Rights:
      2. The Basic Right Not to Be Treated as a Thing:
      3. Animal Rights:
      4. What About the Burning House?:
  7. Confusion about Animal Ethics:
  8. Earlier Approaches:
  9. A Word about “Proving” Moral Matters:
  10. Animal Minds:
  11. An Outline of the Book:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • In Chapter 5, we will consider whether there are any sound moral reasons that would justify our not extending this basic right to animals.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • In the Appendix, I will discuss twenty commonly asked questions about animal rights, and I will endeavor to provide answers to those questions.




In-Page Footnotes ("Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Introduction")

Footnote 1:
  • Francione’s Kantian approach to animal rights leads him to lump together gross ills with “jobs”.
  • Many – maybe most – human beings have tought lives which are not much fun. There are few free lunches for humans or other animals.
  • That’s not to say that the majority of human and non-human animals should not be better treated, but “treatment” isn’t the root of the problem for Francione – rather, moral “status” is.
Footnote 2:
  • Francione entitles this “fashion”, but the use of animal skins for clothing has long historical precedent – substantially a necessity.
  • This is one of the least justifiable present uses, except where skins are a by-product of other uses.
  • However, the examples given are of animals bred specifically for the fashion industry.



"Francione (Gary) - The Diagnosis: Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 1



"Francione (Gary) - Vivisection: A Trickier Question"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 2



"Francione (Gary) - The Cause of Our Moral Schizophrenia: Animals as Property"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 3



"Francione (Gary) - The Cure for Our Moral Schizophrenia: The Principle of Equal Consideration"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 4



"Francione (Gary) - Robots, Religion, and Rationality"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 5



"Francione (Gary) - Having Our Cow and Eating Her Too: Bentham's Mistake"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 6



"Francione (Gary) - Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Chapter 7



"Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Twenty Questions (and Answers)"

Source: Francione (Gary) - Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? Appendix



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