Animal liberation philosophy is a tool we can use to transform our culture’s views on our moral duties towards nonhuman animals. When people are forced to acknowledge that there is no ethical basis to weigh the interests of humans over those of other sentient beings, they can no longer rationalize treating animals as objects for our use. Once we’ve challenged speciesism we can follow by exposing the facts of animal abuse. The devastating one-two punch of revealing the moral illogic of speciesism followed by a presentation of the facts of animal use is precisely what made books like Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and Richard Ryder's Victims of Science so devastatingly effective.
The Animal Ethics Reading and Discussion Group believes that our failure to follow this formula is the reason that many people still chuckle at the idea of animal liberation and other social change movements view our movement as a joke. We believe it’s time to take for animal activists to start taking the philosophical basis of our movement seriously – so we can work to create a culture that that takes our moral duties towards nonhuman animals seriously. In order to do this we need to first understand and learn how to articulate and defend the philosophical arguments for animal liberation and how to effectively communicate them in ways that are comprehensible to people who lack training in academic philosophy.