Animal Rights: The Changing Debate

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Do animals have rights and, if so, what exactly are they? Further, how do these rights relate to human rights? These questions have long bedeviled scientists, philosophers, and animal advocates and today remain as contested as ever.

Combining the writings of leading academics and activists such as Peter Singer and Michael W. Fox, this anthology examines the development of animal rights discourse over the past quarter century to anticipate the future of the debate. Touching on ...

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Overview

Do animals have rights and, if so, what exactly are they? Further, how do these rights relate to human rights? These questions have long bedeviled scientists, philosophers, and animal advocates and today remain as contested as ever.

Combining the writings of leading academics and activists such as Peter Singer and Michael W. Fox, this anthology examines the development of animal rights discourse over the past quarter century to anticipate the future of the debate. Touching on every aspect of human-animal relations, from agriculture and animal experimentation to the animal rights movement in the United States and abroad, the contributors both question and affirm the utility of the concept of rights. Informing this volume is the belief that, regardless of where one stands on the issues of animal rights, it is simply indisputable that how we perceive and treat animals is fundamentally and inextricably related to how we define ourselves.

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Ten essays consider the changes in the animal rights movement over the past decade and its current status. They cover moral theory such as an eco-socialist view and political strategy such as an incremental approach, medical science and agriculture including such issues as humane sustainable agriculture and technical arguments for using animals in experiments, and the political process in the US and Europe. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814730973
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Pages: 200

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Robert Garner is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester and author of Animals, Politics and Morality: Environmental Politics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: The Forward March of Animals Halted?
Pt. I Animal Rights, Moral Theory and Political Strategy 1
1 Animal Liberation 7
2 Animal Rights: An Eco-Socialist View 19
3 Animal Rights: An Incremental Approach 42
Pt. II Medical Science, Agriculture and Animal Welfare 61
4 Partial Protection: Animal Welfare and the Law 67
5 To Farm Without Harm and Choosing a Humane Diet: The Bioethics of Humane Sustainable Agriculture 92
6 The Use of Animals in Experimentation: An Examination of the 'Technical' Arguments Used to Criticize the Practice 104
Pt. III Animal Rights and the Political Process 123
7 The American Rights Movement 129
8 Animal Welfare and the European Union 143
9 Putting Animals Into Politics 166
10 Utopian Visions and Pragmatic Politics: Challenging the Foundations of Speciesism and Misothery 194
Bibliography 209
Index 214
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