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About Canada: Animal Rights

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Casting a critical gaze over the exploitation of animals in agriculture, fashion, and entertainment, this manifesto investigates Canada's antiquated laws for such industries as the fur trade, seal hunting, the Calgary Stampede, puppy mills, horse slaughter, and the virtually unregulated vivisection industry. The book advocates an abolitionist agenda; promotes veganism as a ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 31st 2010 by Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd.
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Christine
Oct 08, 2015 Christine rated it really liked it
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A good, quick overview of animal rights issues and the various forms this can take. Although Sorenson does not limit himself to Canada, I like that this book has a focus on Canadian animal industries. Most often animals rights are framed from a US point of view so it was glad to pick up more detailed information about Canadian issues.

Sorenson lands heavily on the side of complete abolition through vegan exemption of animal exploitation. He is not shy in language choices - something I don't exac
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theⓋeganⒶrchist
Jan 12, 2015 theⓋeganⒶrchist rated it did not like it
i'm a vegan and i hated this book. why? because the author mentions the four pieces of shit who broke into a person's home in camrose, alberta in 2007 while they were away and tortured their friendly and loving cat to death for kicks. i am losing sleep and having nightmares over this thinking about how that poor cat must have suffered. i don't think i can ever be the same again.

the first night they put the cat in a microwave oven for a few seconds then put her in the freezer and left her there t
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Andrew
Mar 16, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
Despite the title, this is not really a book about Canada. It is Canada-focused, but it is more of a general introduction to animal rights. That was good for me, because it’s the animal rights part that I was interested in, and I think I might have missed the “About Canada” part when requesting the book from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program.

Anyway it is a well-written book with plenty of research and examples. It doesn’t pull any punches in describing the full horror of foie gras, factory f
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AJ
Nov 15, 2014 AJ rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program.

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This book is an excellent primer on animal rights in general, and on how animals are treated in Canada specifically. Animal Rights starts off with an introduction to animal rights, and leads right into eating animals, fur, killing seals, vivisection, hunting, zoos and rodeos and keeping exotic pets.

While this book might be hard to stomach for some, it really exposes many cruelties to animals and what could
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Jasreet Badyal
May 20, 2012 Jasreet Badyal rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good basic introduction to various perspectives on animal rights. From my read of it, the author takes an abolitionist approach and advocates veganism, but does include references to other ideological perspectives to understanding animal rights. There are certain pretty insightful comments scattered throughout, otherwise it really provides a framework based on the writings of different authors. I think the tone sometimes gets too polemical, but I'm still navigating my understand ...more
Tboneflock
Jul 12, 2015 Tboneflock rated it liked it
Provides a good overview of the abysmal level of protection accorded to animals in our country. The author advocates a strictly rights-based approach to animal welfare. While his position is based on a legitimate concern for the well-being of sentient creatures, such an uncompromising abolitionist stance seems as though it may discourage dialogue with parties who use animals for pleasure and economic gain.
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John Sorenson is a full professor in the Sociology department at Brock University, where he gives courses on animals and society, racism, and corporate globalization. Much of his research has been on war, nationalism and refugees. His current research concerns the exploitation of animals, representation of animals and animal rights as a social justice movement.
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