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The Dreaded Comparison by Marjorie Spiegel
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Feb 07, 2011

really liked it
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The Dreaded Comparison is invited to provoke thought where most comfortable omnivores fear to tread: What is the societal mindset that drives massive-scale animal slaughter and exploitation, and could it simply be an extension of the values that enabled our forebears to do hideous things to other human beings?

The author’s motive is not to equate animals and people, rather, her argument is that it is the same doministic values that encourage us to kill and exploit any life deemed weaker than us. Illustrations, often depicted side-by-side, of past human restraint and torture devices and present animal restraint and torture devices can be chilling.

The book Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust covered similar territory with more depth, in my view, so those who read Comparison will want to pick up that one, as well.
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