A personal and thought provoking manifesto regarding the process by which humans have cut themselves off from animals and the natural world, the extraordinarily negative effects this process has had on us and our world, and a plea for a total rethinking of our relationship to the animal world. [Originally published by Simon and Schuster 1993]
Sets forth an experiential process involving both emotion and cognition that, it is suggested, might be the best way to proceed in understanding our relationships with and obligations toward animals. It involves recognition of those relationships and also of the concomitant obligation to attend to another’s experience of well-being and thereby allow us to imagine less violent and more meaningful ways of co-existing.
Considers Buddhism’s tenets regarding the sacredness of all life forms and the elevation of compassion and kindness as the highest virtues in light of the actual treatment of animals, and how the first precept, “Do not kill”―applies to our treatment of animals as well as to our treatment of other human beings.
The author’s approach to effective advocacy on behalf of animals is based in the principle that persuading people to reduce their animal consumption, for any reason, is the vital first step to improving the world for animals.
Using popular culture as a point of reference, the authors provide new theoretical frameworks on race, advocacy for nonhuman animals, and feminism, and emphasize new ways of understanding oppression.
A collection of essays by the founder of United Poultry Concerns, detailing 30 years of activism on behalf of chickens and other domesticated fowl. In addition to personal stories, the book highlights the intelligence, as well as the complex and socially rich emotional lives of these birds, and informs the reader of the ways they are treated in modern production agriculture.
This book is set forth here as representative of the numerous works by the Rev. Dr. Linzey that contemplate related questions. This particular collection of essays sets forth his thoughts, rooted in Christian theology and tradition, on why animals matter to God, and should matter to us. He also sets forth his counter-arguments to those who contend otherwise.