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Magpies, monkeys, and morals : what philosophers say about animal liberation
Taylor, Angus, 1945-
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Peterborough, Ont. ; Orchard Park, N.Y. : Broadview Press, [1999]

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167 pages ; 23 cm
Animals and the moral community -- From Aristotle to Darwin -- Do animals have moral rights? -- Is it wrong to eat or hunt animals? -- Is it wrong to use animals for scientific reseaarch? -- Can liberationists be environmentalists?
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Taylor (Univ. of Victoria, British Columbia) has provided a thorough account of the multifaceted and diverse views concerning animal liberation and appropriate roles of animals in our contemporary culture. On the one hand, he points out, some animals are companions and helpers in human labors, while the very being of other animals becomes the site of medical research and other experimentation. Taylor begins with a summary of Western thought on the status of animals and then proceeds with a careful study of what has been published relating to animal rights, the hunting and eating of animals, the use of animals in scientific research, and other issues. Throughout the volume he documents the issues, arguments, and perspectives with carefully selected statements from Peter Singer, Tom Regan, Mary Midgely, Daniel Dombrowski, Stephen Clark, Carol Adams. Josephine Donovan, Evelyn Pluhar, Jeremy Rifkin, and others. Taylor also articulates his own views on each of the topics and expresses ample concern for the status of animals. This clearly written and very readable book is highly recommended for all academic levels as well as general readers. M. C. Rose; Goucher College