A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World

A political scientist who has written prolifically about animals argues here that our thinking about the proper way to treat animals should be rooted in concepts of justice. While acknowledging that there are many steps from where we are to where we should be in our treatment of animals, Garner argues for the concept of animal rights, including the right not suffer at the hands of humans.

The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies

Contributions from scholars in a wide range of fields regarding the ongoing reevaluation of the relationship between humans and other animals that has been developing since the 1970s, covering the following categories: Animals in the Landscape of Law, Politics and Public Policy; Animal Intentionality, Agency and Reflexive Thinking; Animals as Objects in Science, Food, Spectacle and Sport; Animals in Cultural Representations; and Animals in Ecosystems.

“The First Step: An Essay on Vegetarianism and Non-Violence”

Tolstoy’s account of witnessing slaughter, and his conclusion that if a person “be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because, to say nothing of the excitation of the passions caused by such food, its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling –killing; and is called forth only by greediness and the desire for tasty food.”

The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science

First published in 1989, this is only one of a number of books by Rollin examining the arguments for and against animal use and the unwarranted denial of animal suffering by certain members of the scientific community. Includes an epilogue by the author describing what has changed, and what hasn’t, regarding the use of animals in scientific research and food production. (2d ed.)

Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation

Artist, social critic and disability rights and animal rights advocate Sunaura Taylor examines the question of how physical and mental capabilities contribute to our understanding of what it means to be “human” and how that interacts with what we think it means to be “animal.” Through personal narrative, philosophy, science, etc., Taylor suggests that issues of disability and animal justice are deeply connected.