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, author...more
In 1975, the first edition of Animal Liberation was published. It has b ...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
On a very simple analysis, if you are guilty about existing and using the planets resources then this book will confirm your views and help you to rationalise your thoughts.
If you feel that you are part of nature and have every right to exist and survive (just like every other creature) then you can ...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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
I'm also not "green". Not because I don't agree with the research, or because i don't agree with the fact that the food industry encourages animal cruelty, but simply because I'm lazy.
The paragraph that summarized it for me was this :
What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conve ...more
As a vegetarian, I felt it was fitting to have this book under my belt since it’s recognized as the book that launched the animal-rights movement.
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOK?
I like that this book exists, and let’s not forget others like it exist too, but this one is the premier classic, and certainly the content in chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5 is not something one can say they “like”; however, the feeling in me of strength in facing the horrific details presented by ...more
Intro is a theoretical justification for why and how we should care about animals ethically, interesting to see the philosopher in action, even if you already buy the conclusion.
This far the book reads like an excellent popular science book. It describes very interesting experiments, that tried to establish how states like psychopathy is created; the methodology in these studies sounds like very dark humor. Researches kept monkey babies in cages with fury dolls to si ...more
I've been a vegetarian for 3 years after being shocked by learning the process and cruelty involved in meat getting to my plate. That said, I hadn't fully considered th ...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
I highlighted so much in this book, but a few favorites were:
"It's odd how humans, who normally consider themselves so far above other animals, will, if it seems to support their dietary preferences, use an argument that impli ...more
He has served, on two occasions, as chair of phil ...more