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Dominion by Matthew Scully
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Jul 09, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: environmental, non-fiction
Read in June, 2007

A book about animal rights, but told from the perspective of a Catholic, rather than from the traditional utilitarian view we're so familiar with. The book meanders a bit, his style is a bit too chatty (he was George W. Bush's speechwriter in 2000, and I'm not sure I'm into that particular style.) He spends an awful lot of time talking about whale hunting and the safari club, and relatively little time on factory farming.

Still, it's nice to read a book from Christian perspective that affirms our moral obligation to treat animals with compassion and concern. He doesn't argue that we have no right at all to use animals; he simply argues that our utter, complete unconcern for their welfare is unconscionable.

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