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  • The theories from Singer, Regan and Rowlands are developed in these books, and others:

    1. Peter Singer, Animal Liberation , 3rd Edition (Ecco 2002,1990, 1975).

    A classic, the book that started the modern animalprotection movement.

    1. Tom Regan, Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights ( Rowman Littlefield, 2004).

    A descendent of a classic, Tom Regan’s 1983 The Case for Animal Rights. In addition to an argument that many animals possess moral rights, the book tells the stories of animal advocates’ personal development (including Regan’s) and discusses the influence of the media and animal use industries have in shaping how people often address ethics and animals. The best general introduction to ethics animals issues.

    1. Mark Rowlands, Animals Like Us (Verso, 2002).

    According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) some people think Animals Like Us is the next Animal Liberation. Rowlands has other, more recent books on animals and ethics also, e.g., Animal Rights: All That Matters and others.

    Good discussion and commentary are found in these books, which are recommend reading:

    1. Lori Gruen, Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (CambridgeUniversity Press, 2011):

    This book provides both original arguments, beyond thos efrom the authors above, and insights and reviews and comments on many of the theories from Singer and Regan.

    1. Angus Taylor, Animals and Ethics: An Overview of thePhilosophical Debate, 3rd edition (Broadview 2009).

    A niceoverview of the literature. (On Amazon.) This is a good “secondary source” that gives an overview of the many philosophical positions on theoretical and practical issues concerning ethics and animals.

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