Animal Advocacy Books.

Vegan Ireland is an Animal Rights organisation and therefore recommends animal advocacy books which are based on the theory of Animal Rights.

David Nibert

Animal Rights/human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation.

Author: David Nibert.

This accessible and cutting-edge work offers a new look at the history of western “civilization,” one that brings into focus the interrelated suffering of oppressed humans and other animals. Nibert argues persuasively that throughout history the exploitation of other animals has gone hand in hand with the oppression of women, people of color, and other oppressed groups. He maintains that the oppression both of humans and of other species of animals is inextricably tangled within the structure of social arrangements. Nibert asserts that human use and mistreatment of other animals are not natural and do little to further the human condition. Read more.
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David Nibert

Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict.

Author: David Nibert.

Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society. But by comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David A. Nibert reaches a strikingly different conclusion. He finds in the domestication of animals, which he renames “domesecration,” a perversion of human ethics, the development of large-scale acts of violence, disastrous patterns of destruction, and growth-curbing epidemics of infectious disease.
Nibert centers his study on nomadic pastoralism and the development of commercial ranching, a practice that has been largely controlled by elite groups and expanded with the rise of capitalism. Read more.
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Empty Cages

Empty Cages.

Author: Tom Regan.

Empty Cages in an introduction to the philosophy of Animal Rights, aimed at people who do not know much about the subject.
In an easy to read style, Tom Regan destroys the negative image of Animal Rights advocates perpetrated by the mainstream media and shows that they are instead thoughtful people who follow an argument to its logical conclusion.
Tom Regan also gives an overview of most animal exploitation industries/lobbies and exposes the fraudulent sham of “humane treatment”.

The Case for Animal Rights

The Case for Animal Rights.

Author: Tom Regan.

In this philosophical book, Tom Regan establishes the rights of nonhuman animals, as being individuals with complex mental lives.
This book will appeal to those who want to deepen their argument in favour of AR and those who are interested in philosophy. A second edition, with a new Introduction, was published in 2004.

Defending Animal Rights

Defending Animal Rights.

Author: Tom Regan.

The book is a set of essays that reflects Tom Regan’s thinking on human and nonhuman rights in the 90s.

Tom Regan puts the issue of animal rights in an historical context, drawing parallels between animal rights activism and other social movements, including the antislavery movement in the 19th century and the gay-lesbian struggle today.

Animal Sacrifices

Animal Sacrifices.

Author: Tom Regan.

Religious perspectives on the use of animals in Science.

Tom Regan describes the teachings of the main religions of the world concerning nonhuman animals and especially their use in science.
Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Confucianism are represented in this collection of eight essays.
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Introduction to Animal Rights

Introduction to Animal Rights.

Author: Gary Francione.

Your child or the dog?
Two-thirds of Americans polled by the Associated Press agree with the following statement: An animal’s right to live free of suffering should be just as important as a person ‘s right to live free of suffering.
More than 50 percent of Americans believe that it is wrong to kill animals to make fur coats or to hunt them for sport. But these same Americans eat hamburgers, take their children to circuses and rodeos, and use products developed with animal testing. How do we justify our inconsistency?

Rain Without Thunder

Rain Without Thunder.

Author: Gary Francione.

Are “animal welfare” supporters indistinguishable from the animal exploiters they oppose?
Do reformist measures reaffirm the underlying principles that make animal exploitation possible in the first place?
In this provocative book, Gary L. Francione argues that the modern animal rights movement has become indistinguishable from a century-old concern with the welfare of animals that in no way prevents them from being exploited.

Animals, Property, and the Law

Animals, Property, and the Law.

Author: Gary Francione.

“Pain is pain, irrespective of the race, sex, or species of the victim,” states William Kunstler in his foreword.
This moral concern for the suffering of animals and their legal status is the basis for Gary L. Francione’s profound book, which asks, Why has the law failed to protect animals from exploitation?
Francione argues that the current legal standard of animal welfare does not and cannot establish fights for animals. As long as they are viewed as property, animals will be subject to suffering for the social and economic benefit of human beings.

Animals As Persons

Animals As Persons.

Author: Gary Francione.

Francione introduces the volume with an essay that explains our historical and contemporary attitudes about animals by distinguishing the issue of animal use from that of animal treatment.
He then presents a theory of animal rights, which focuses on the need to accord all sentient nonhumans the right not to be treated as our property. Our recognition of such a right would require that we stop bringing domesticated animals into existence for human use.
He takes a hard look at our “moral schizophrenia” toward animals and our ability to regard some creatures as beloved companions and others as food and clothing.
Subsequent essays explore recent changes in animal welfare and the sad fact that these advances have not only failed to bring us closer to the abolition of animal exploitation, but have made the public feel more comfortable about supposedly more “humane” animal treatment.

Making A Killing

Making A Killing.

Author: Bob Torres.

The political economy of Animal Rights.

Suggest to the average leftist that animals should be part of broader liberation struggles and once they stop laughing, you will find yourself casually dismissed.
With a focus on labor, property, and the life of commodities, Making a Killing contains key insights into the broad nature of domination, power, and hierarchy.
It explores the intersections between human and animal oppressions and their relation to the exploitative dynamics of capitalism.
Combining nuts and bolts Marxist political economy, a pluralistic anarchist critique, as well as a searing assessment of the animal rights movement, Bob Torres challenges conventional Leftist thinking and convincingly advocates for the abolition of animals in industry and on the dinner plate.

Speciesism

Speciesism.

* Out of print. May be bought second-hand.
Author: Joan Dunayer.

Speciesism:”A failure, in attitude or practice, to accord any nonhuman being equal consideration and respect”.
Speciesism provides all the arguments on why nonhuman animals deserve life, freedom and other basic rights and how these rights can be recognised.
When will it happen? According to Joan Dunayer, when the public opinion changes and people realise that speciesism is to animal rights what racism and sexism are to human rights.
According to Joan Dunayer, there are 3 categories:

  • The old-speciesist who limits rights to humans,
  • the new-speciesist who allows rights to nonhumans who are most human-like,
  • the nonspeciesist who believes every sentient being should have rights, the right to life and freedom.

Animal Equality

Animal Equality.

Author: Joan Dunayer

Animal Equality is the first book on language and nonhuman oppression ever written in the Animal Rights movement.

Animal Equality demonstrates that the everyday language that we use contains biased words which promote and perpetuate injustice towards nonhuman animals. For example:

  • “Mankind” is used for humankind, and “lower” animals for all nonhumans.
  • “Animal” refers to a human who behaves roughly,
  • “Pig” to point out a human who is dirty,
  • “Wildlife management” is a euphemism for “hunting”, etc.

Through our language, we continue to:

  • Cover-up and desensitize ourselves to our use and treatment of nonhumans,
  • Consider them as members of inferior species, as unreasoning or insensitive, which we believe gives us the right to use them as “tools”, “things”.

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