The Book That Started A Revolution
Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of concerned men and women to the shocking abuse of animals everywhere -- inspiring a worldwide movement to eliminate much of the cruel and unnecessary laboratory animal experimentation of years past.
In this newly revised and expanded edition, autho...more
Sausages. Rotisserie chicken. Lamb chops. Bratwurst. Roast Beef. These words marked out the evenings of my childhood. We ate meat twice a day, and on holidays thrice, moving through the day from a bacon fry-up to a ham-sandwich to a steak with mushroom sauce. A meal without meat was considered incomplete, and vegetarianism was a scorned and alien disease that infected no-one among my family or friends.
I was no supermarket meat-eater, hiding from the ...more
The treatment of farm and lab animals are still as bad as they wer ...more
I love this book for what it did for bringing animal rights into the semi-mainstream. Singer was a proper philosopher, not (just) a kookie hippie. His importance cannot be overstated.
But it wasn’t a shocking or profound read for me personally, probably because it’s so very influential. I spend a lot of time reading about animal ethics, so nothing- neither the animal abuses recounted nor the philosophical arguments against speciesism- was new to me.
Still, I feel remiss giving it les ...more
Animal liberation must have been a shocking book, a revelation to many people about the unfair use and abuse animals suffer because of our insatiable search for pleasure, our ignor ...more
Modern philosopher Peter Singer argues--both abstractly and with detailed, concrete examples--that we are currently "speciesist" who must acknowledge that animals may not be our intellectual equals, but the relevant question is whether they, like we, suffer. He documents how they can and do, both psychologically and physically, in animal experimen ...more
This book doesn't take this into account; instead he says to not worry about your health, it will be okay.
Then he says that he grows his own food. ...more
I assumed that it would be just philosophicaly centered all the way through, with a few references here and there to shed light on what animals actualy go through behind the scenes. I was pleasently surprised that he dedicated two whole chapters to describing the realities behind animal testing and factory farming.
In fact, my complaint with this book is the same as my complaint with welfarism and utilitarian theories of animal ethics as a whole: it acknowledges the problem of animal abuse without strikin ...more
This book is very hard to read, what I mean by that is, this is the book that disclose the ugliness of humankind and their violent behaviour towards other species on our planet.
The book begins with an introduction of animal liberation and the common argument, then follows with the truth in animal lab, factory farm and how unnecessary it is to force such violence and pain to other sentient beings. In the end, there’s a history of the forming of speciesism, and speciesism ...more
My relationship with Singer and the entire philosophical foundation of this book is complicated, to say the least. There were pages where I nodded along to the familiar litany of abuses and exploitation that I have, myself, brought up in discussions about my plant-based diet. And then there were all the other pages, where I had to set the book down and move it away from me to prevent a violent incident in my own living room. General summary: this book was not for me, even as a ...more
Animal Liberation is a defense of animal lives and a counter to an injustice Singer calls spieciesism, which he ranks beside slavery, racism, and sexism.
In the first chapter Peter Singer supplies the moral argument against the killing of animals. To me ...more
See, this book didn't come to my attention until it was recommended to me by a reader (Renan, if you're reading this, I apologise for the time it took me to finally get to this book. As you may have known, I have a long list.). It took me a year or two, but eventually I got my hand ...more
The amount of animal torture going on in the world is so insane! If you pick up this book, be ready to confront the disturbing reality we live in. I found it very sad. I would be pretty disgusted by myself if I allowed the torture of an animal in order to tickle my tongue with its flesh.
This book shifted my opinion on the desirability of animal expe ...more
Singer is a Professor in Philosophy and Bioethics at Princeton and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, so it's unsurprising that Singer writes sound ethical arguments (not based on emotion) against the mistreatment of animals in the meat, dairy, cosmetic and medical research i ...more
"The question is not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” // Jeremy Bentham, ‘The Principles of Morals and Legislation’ (1988).
This is one of the most important books that I've ever read. Singer appeals to reason and not anecdotal arguments from emotion. The argument for *minimising* the suffering of non-human animals (within reason) is irrefutable as far as I'm concerned.
The individual owes themselv ...more
The book has been updated several times and the audible addition was just created in 2015. But I think the book still suffers somewhat from being out of date. But I am gla ...more
“Philosophy ought to question the basic assumptions of the age. Thinking through, critically and carefully, what most of us take for granted is, I believe, t ...more
The writing style is ...more
As an animal rights activist I knew I would have to read this, and the time for that came now. Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation is such an influential book and I can totally understand why that is. Published in 1975, it brings up ideas that weren’t widely discussed yet – exposing the animal agriculture and the animal testing industries. Even though I consider myself highly educated on this subject, I still learned a lot. Especially about the science side of things and about the history spec ...more
In 2005 Time mag ...more