You might think that the protection of animals' rights is a modern, Western concern. In fact, people all over the world and down the ages have cared what happens to animals, and not just the cute mammals. Today animals need protecting more than ever: their lives are used and abused in laboratories, zoos and hunts, and they are reared intensively on farms. And out in the wild, animals are losing their habitats to logging and oil exploration. This "No-Nonsense Guide" explains the key issues, charts the growth of the animal rights movement and looks at welfare and protection laws. And it includes a practical day to day guide to what you can do to minimise exploitation.
Catharine Grant is a writer, historian, and activist based in Toronto, Canada. She currently is completing her doctoral dissertation, which compares Ronald Reagan's and Margaret Thatcher's rhetoric on religion, race, gender and sexuality. She also is involved in various campaigns for animal rights, and social and environmental justice.
Introduction 1 Origins of the animal rights movement 2 A Western, middle-class phenomenon? 3 Food animals 4 Animal entertainers 5 Animals and 'progress' 6 Animals and fashion 7 How hurting animals also hurts people 8 Comparative treatment of animals 9 A practical guide to reducing animal suffering Contacts Index