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By Michael P. T. Leahy

Simply by analyzing the reports of the folks (or might be the animals) who gave this booklet one-star, possible 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 dying of six million Jews to the dying of six million chickens, that's what those humans think in. and that is the challenge - in the event you disagree with them, you're "ignorant, "stupid" - and so forth. so if you are a pondering individual, take those reports for what they are worthy. that is what is so traumatic approximately this flow - they use scare strategies, certainly downright terroristic ideas, to get you to "convert" (it's no shock Hitler was once a vegetarian animal-lover!) This ebook makes a well-argued, nuanced case and maybe it really is attracting a lot hate-mail this is why it truly is relatively reliable. it is easy to learn and makes first-class arguments.

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Some readers will feel that I have unduly AGAINST LIBERATION 41 laced it with reservations and criticism. The reason for this has been, of course, to give an immediate sense of the debate which his views engender and it is a tribute to Singer that they have been and doubtless will continue to be so prolific in this respect. He moves from the spotlight but will continue to hover in the wings. FREY: THE CASE AGAINST ANIMALS The varieties of interest Much was made in Chapter 1 of the problems involved in the weighing of interests since practical decisions of any complexity involve conflicts.

The ‘stiff upper lip’ is integral to the myth of the English gentleman. To give way to pain or distress by complaining, moaning, and above all by crying, is the stuff of which lesser breeds are made. 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.

Singer would side with those who acknowledge the diminution in similarity of nervous systems and ‘pain behaviour’ (worms wriggle much of the time) but would still allow that the presence of pain is an open question. Indeed he would be encouraged towards a more positive conclusion by Rollin’s account of the Swedish research in 1979, reported in the prestigious journal Nature (29, 1979:805), of the discovery of endorphins and enkephalins in earthworms. These chemicals have powerful painkilling effects in human beings, are also released by acupuncture, and are involved in the process of thanatosis.

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