Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Two More Books

Animal Experimentation: The Moral Issue 
by Robert M. Baird (Author, Editor and Stuart E. Rosenbaum (Editor)
YA- Informative and thought-provoking. All sides of the issue from moral philosophy, speciesism, and animal suffering, to proposals for legislation, current medical research, and animal-activist groups are explored. Well-known animal-rights activists are represented, as well as supporters of animal experimentation. Easy to read, well referenced, and well organized. - School Library Journal

  Animal Experimentation is a collection of essays discussing the use of animals for experimental purposes from both sides of the issue. The editors address the philosophical question, "Do we have moral responsibilities toward animals?" Included are views of animal rights activists and responses to those views; a defense of the use of animals for research and a critique of same; a statement by deans of medical schools with proposals regarding the conditions of animals used in experimentation; and a final essay challenging assumptions on both sides... Animal Experimentation would be useful in academic and large public libraries.

Animals and Society: The Humanity of Animal Rights
by Keith Tester
  Uses a variety of historical sources and a social theory to tell the story of the invention of animal rights. It moves from incidents like the medieval execution of pigs to a discussion of the politics and strategies of modern animal rights organizations. The book also presents radical interpretations of 19th-century animal welfare laws, and the accounts of the Noble Savage. The insights generated by social science are always at the core of the discussion and the author draws on the work of Michel Foucault, Norbert Elias, Claude Levi-Strauss and Mary Douglas. This text provides an account of the relations between humans and animals. It raises questions about the philosophy, history and politics of animal rights.

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