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Posted November 17, 2004
Outstanding Philosophical Introduction
As someone already interested in moral philosophy, I found The Case for Animal Rights a profoundly helpful introduction to the issue. This book is well-rounded, considers each possible argument, and, most importantly, provides an introduction to each moral theory so that anyone who has never read moral philosophy can follow it easily and enjoy it very much. For those who angrily attempt to refute the basic arguments, I can only say they are probably out looking for excuses to continue with habits that contribute to the exploitation of other animals. That said, the reader of this book must put aside his or her interest in maintaining habits that contribute to animal-abusing industries. Most importantly, this is a philosophical discussion, so it does not mention important issues regarding the actual treatment of animals, etc. For a beginner with animal rights issues, I would HIGHLY recommend starting with Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. It is the most basic and convincing introduction to the topic, often called the animal rights 'bible.'
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