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Encyclopedia > Animal Liberation (book)

Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals is a book by Australian philosopher Peter Singer. Peter Albert David Singer (born July 6, 1946 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian Humanist and philosopher. ...

The book was published by Random House in 1975 (ISBN 0394400968). In 1977, Avon Books published an edition (ISBN 0380017822). In 1991 and 2001, Harper Perennial published a 352-page paperback (ISBN 0380713330 and ISBN 0060011572). Random House is a publishing division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann based in New York City. ...

Although Singer is not the first person to apply the concept of rights to animals (Singer himself says that he heard of the concept from a fellow student rather than coming up with it himself) the book is widely considered within the animal rights movement to be the founding philosophical statement of its ideas. Animal rights is the viewpoint that many (non-human) animals have moral rights that prohibit humans from violating their basic interests. ...

The central argument of the book is an expansion of the utilitarian idea that 'the greatest good for the greatest number' is the only measure of good or ethical behaviour. Singer argues that there is no reason not to apply this to animals. Although Jeremy Bentham applied utilitarianism in this way, as a general rule utilitarians have not. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jeremy Bentham (IPA: ) (February 15, 1748 – June 6, 1832) was an English gentleman, jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. ...

See also

The animal liberation movement or animal rights movement is the worldwide movement of individual activists, academics, and groups who campaign or engage in direct action against the use of non-human animals in animal testing, the meat, dairy, and fur farming industries, and in entertainment and sports. ... The logo of the Great Ape Project, which is campaigning for a Declaration on Great Apes. ... Beagles removed by British ALF activists from a testing laboratory owned by the Boots Group. ...

Further reading

  • Animal-Liberation.tk



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