Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? / Edition 1

Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? / Edition 1

by Gary Francione
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1566396921

ISBN-13: 9781566396929

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: Temple University Press

Two-thirds of Americans polled by the Associated Press agree with the following statement: "An animal's right to be 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 killing animals to make fur coats or to hunt them for sport is wrong. But these same Americans eat hamburgers,

Overview

Two-thirds of Americans polled by the Associated Press agree with the following statement: "An animal's right to be 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 killing animals to make fur coats or to hunt them for sport is wrong. But these same Americans eat hamburgers, take their children to circuses and rodeos, and use products developed using animal testing. How do we justify our inconsistency?

In this easy-to-read introduction, law professor and 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.

Most Western nations have "humane treatment" laws that reflect our belief that animals should not be subjected to "unnecessary" suffering Why, then, do we still confine calves in dark. cramped crates in order to make their meat more tender? Why do we drip caustic solutions into the eyes of rabbits, or pack chickens so tightly together in their permanent cages that we must burn off their beaks in order to keep them from killing each other? For the same reason. Francione argues, that nineteenth-century humane treatment laws for slaves did not prevent slave-owners from killing and mutilating their property."

Introduction to Animal Rights provides a guidebook to examining our social and personal ethical beliefs, h 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 betreated as a means to an end. Along the way, it illuminates concepts and theories such as the nature of "rights" and "interests" and the theories of Locke, Descartes, and Bentham.

Filled with fascinating information and cogent arguments, this imminently controversial book never fails to inform, enlighten, and educate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566396929
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introductionxix
1The Diagnosis: Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals1
2Vivisection: A Trickier Question31
3The Cause of Our Moral Schizophrenia: Animals as Property50
4The Cure for Our Moral Schizophrenia: The Principle of Equal Consideration81
5Robots, Religion, and Rationality103
6Having Our Cow and Eating Her Too: Bentham's Mistake130
7Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog?151
AppendixTwenty Questions (and Answers)167
Notes189
Index225
Photographs

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