Animals Like Us

Animals Like Us Foot and Mouth and Mad Cow Disease are but two of the results of treating animals as commodities subject only to commercial constraints and ignoring all natural and moral considerations Chickens hang

  • Title: Animals Like Us
  • Author: Mark Rowlands
  • ISBN: 9781859843864
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Foot and Mouth and Mad Cow Disease are but two of the results of treating animals as commodities, subject only to commercial constraints and ignoring all natural and moral considerations Chickens hanging by their necks on conveyor belts, caged pigs covered in sores, bloated dead sheep with their legs in the air, mutilated dogs waiting to die after undergoing horrendous exFoot and Mouth and Mad Cow Disease are but two of the results of treating animals as commodities, subject only to commercial constraints and ignoring all natural and moral considerations Chickens hanging by their necks on conveyor belts, caged pigs covered in sores, bloated dead sheep with their legs in the air, mutilated dogs waiting to die after undergoing horrendous experiments in the name of science or just product testing these are some of the images that illustrate the indifference of a consumerist society to the suffering of animals Few are willing to recognize that the packaged sanitized supermarket meat that materializes on their dinner tables every day is the result of an industrial process involving unimaginable pain and suffering We would be horrified if our pets were harmed, yet every day we eat animals that have been tortured and executed.Mark Rowlands claims that it is simply unjust to harm animals A conscious sentient beings, biologically continuous with humans, they have interests that cannot simply be disregarded Using simple principles of justice, he argues that animals have moral rights, and examines the consequences of this claim in the contexts of vegetarianism, animal experimentation, zoos and hunting, and animal rights activism.

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    1. Overall, this book is a powerful argument in favor of animal rights and animal welfare. I would unhesitatingly recommend it to friends, meat-eaters, the general public, etc. The Rawslian veil of ignorance, which Rawls termed the "original position" (already a powerful idea), is refined by Rowlands into the "impartial position," and it works marvelously. In a nutshell, it amounts to imagining that you are creating a society, but that you do not even know what species of animal you will end up bei [...]

    2. Mark Rowlands develops moral principles for animal rights using a modified version of Rawls' Original Position, which he calls the impartial position. Basically, it's a thought experiment where you think about what way you would act and what rules you would want if you had no idea if you were a sentient nonhuman animal or a human.Overall, I really enjoyed this book, there were, however, a few places where I was let down.Firstly, the long discussion on the Lifeboat Scenario. Lifeboat scenarios ar [...]

    3. The core claims* in this book are, or should be, common sense but it is handy to have them stated and defended so clearly. The detail is likely to be unsatisfying for the philosophical specialist but too technical for the philosophical initiate. Rowlands does write beautifully, though: "Tennis balls are small and round and furry. So too are baby rabbits. Yet those of a non-psychopathic persuasion would be horrified at the thought of playing tennis with a baby rabbit. And this is not just because [...]

    4. This book blew my mind. Another fantastic read from Mark Rowlands. After being vegetarian for 6 years this book made me decide to give being vegan a really good go for all the moral reasons. Definitely a must read for anyone who cares about animal rights and environmental rights

    5. Rowlands exhaustively sets forth the case for animal rights from a Rawlsian and Justice as Fairness perspective.

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