By Michael P. T. Leahy
Simply by interpreting the reports of the folk (or probably the animals) who gave this e-book one-star, it is easy to inform the emotional vitriol, the name-calling and histrionics that accompany thr so-called "animal rights" circulate. the purpose is that you just cannot have rational discussions with those that equate the loss of life of six million Jews to the dying of six million chickens, that is what those humans think in. and that is the challenge - should you disagree with them, you're "ignorant, "stupid" - and so on. so in case you are a considering individual, take those experiences for what they're worthy. that is what is so worrying approximately this move - they use scare strategies, certainly downright terroristic options, to get you to "convert" (it's no shock Hitler was once a vegetarian animal-lover!) This publication makes a well-argued, nuanced case and maybe it truly is attracting rather a lot hate-mail the reason is, it truly is relatively solid. it is easy to learn and makes excellent arguments.
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Extra info for Against Liberation: Putting Animals in Perspective (Volume 0)
They lack, so the myth goes, the ability to ‘contain themselves’. What of animals? Are they capable of it? Infants certainly are not; mothers, almost intuitively, diagnose their cries and whimpers as symptoms of needs of which the babies are unaware. As children grow up they slowly learn to conceal their aches and pains in certain ways; they begin to regulate their behaviour for this or that reason. Even the most optimistic liberationists are wary of attributing this sort of rationality to animals.
Were Figan in the habit of using such wiles, adapting them to different circumstances, then explanations of the less ambitious sort I AGAINST LIBERATION 39 propose would be unconvincing. The lack of a settled habit, the one-offmanship, also makes way for substitute accounts of the police dog’s exploit. It was admitted that it was his first job. He might well have become disoriented by the conflicting urges to run in two directions at once, a common phenomenon in both humans and nonhumans, and as a result bypassed his training and reverted to type by biting the first man in the leg, the most convenient place, and deeply enough to disable.
A mouse, on the other hand, does have an interest in not being tormented, because it will suffer if it is. (1979:50) Thus to the vices of racism and sexism, which received such prominence in the 1960s and 1970s, was added that of ‘speciesism’ (an infelicitous term, coined by Richard Ryder and taken up by Singer, but one that seems to have staying power). A speciesist is someone who gives preference to their own interests and those of other human beings over those of other species even when the latter are as peremptory as the former and, if called upon to justify it, they do so simply in terms of the primacy of human concerns.
Against Liberation: Putting Animals in Perspective (Volume 0) by Michael P. T. Leahy