By Peter Singer
• The e-book That all started A Revolution •
Since its unique booklet in 1975, this groundbreaking paintings has woke up hundreds of thousands of involved women and men to the stunning abuse of animals everywhere--inspiring a world circulate to put off a lot of the harsh and pointless laboratory animal experimentation of years previous. during this newly revised and increased variation, 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. an incredible and persuasive attract judgment of right and wrong, equity, decency and justice, Animal Liberation is vital interpreting for the supporter and the skeptic alike.
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Although, as we shall see in a later chapter, the view that ani mals are automata was proposed by the seventeenth-century French philosopher Rene Descartes, to most people, then and now, it is obvious that if, for example, we stick a sharp knife into the stomach of an unanesthetized dog, the dog will feel pain. That this is so is assumed by the laws in most civilized countries that prohibit wanton cruelty to animals. Readers whose common sense tells them that animals do suffer may prefer to skip the re mainder of this section, moving straight on to page 1 5, since the pages in between do nothing but refute a position that they do not hold.
3 Dr. S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, and in charge of the experiments with the Primate Equilibrium Platform at Brooks Air Force Base. Barnes estimates that he irradiated about one thousand trained monkeys during his years in this position. Subsequently he has written: For some years, I had entertained suspicions about the utility of the data we were gathering. S. Air Force and, hence, to the defense of the free world. I used those as surances as blinkers to avoid the reality of what I saw in the field, and even though I did not always wear them comfort ably, they did serve to protect me from the insecurities asso ciated with the potential loss of status and income .
T o Finally, within the last decade, the publication of scientific studies with titles such as Animal Thought, Animal Thinking, and Animal Suffering: The Science of Animal Welfare have made it plain that conscious awareness in nonhuman animals is now generally accepted as a serious subject for investigation. I t That might well be thought enough t o settle the matter; but one more objection needs to be considered. Human beings in pain, after all, have one behavioral sign that nonhuman animals do not have: a developed language.