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By Peter Singer

• The e-book That begun A Revolution •
Since its unique ebook in 1975, this groundbreaking paintings has woke up hundreds of thousands of involved women and men to the surprising abuse of animals everywhere--inspiring a global circulation to do away with a lot of the harsh and pointless laboratory animal experimentation of years prior. during this newly revised and improved version, writer Peter Singer exposes the chilling realities of today's "factory forms" and product-testing procedures--offering sound, humane options to what has turn into a profound environmental and social in addition to ethical factor. a big and persuasive attract sense of right and wrong, equity, decency and justice, Animal Liberation is key studying for the supporter and the skeptic alike.

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1 5 I think it is rea­ sonably clear, though, that while both of the positions just de­ scribed avoid speciesism, neither is satisfactory. What we need is some middle position that would avoid speciesism but would not make the lives of the retarded and senile as cheap as the lives of pigs and dogs now are, or make the lives of pigs and dogs so sacrosanct that we think it wrong to put them out of hopeless misery. What we must do is bring nonhuman animals within our sphere of moral concern and cease to treat their lives as expend­ able for whatever trivial purposes we may have.

Pain and suffering are in themselves bad and should be prevented or mini­ mized, irrespective of the race, sex, or species of the being that suffers. How bad a pain is depends on how intense it is and how long it lasts, but pains of the same intensity and duration are equally bad, whether felt by humans or animals. The wrongness of killing a being is more complicated. I have kept, and shall continue to keep, the question of killing in the background because in the present state of human tyranny over other species the more simple, straightforward principle of equal consideration of pain or pleasure is a sufficient basis for identify­ ing and protesting against all the major abuses of animals that human beings practice.

However, we did not give up. We built another surrogate monster mother that would rock so violently that the baby's head and teeth would rattle. All the baby did was cling tighter and tighter to the surrogate. The third monster we built had an embedded wire frame within its body which would spring forward and eject the infant from its ventral surface. The infant would subsequently pick itself off the floor, wait for the frame to return into the cloth body, and then cling again to the surrogate.

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