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Rod Preece , Lorna Chamberlain
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April 10 1995

As the most populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare issues which beset Western civilization. The authors of this book, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, find themselves constantly being made aware of the atrocities committed in the Society’s jurisdiction.

They have been, in turn, puzzled, exasperated and horrified at humanity’s cruelty to our fellow sentient beings. The issues discussed in this book are the most contentious in animal welfare disputes — animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, the use of animals for human entertainment and the conditions under which animals are raised for human consumption. They are complex issues and should be thought about fairly and seriously.

The authors, standing squarely on the side of the animals, suggest “community” and “belonging” as concepts through which to understand our relationships to other species. They ground their ideas in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious identity” with the animal realm. The philosophy developed in this book embraces common sense and compromise as the surest paths to the goal of animal welfare. It requires respect and consideration for other species while acknowledging our primary obligations to our fellow humans.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fair, compassionate, and mentally challenging Jan. 30 2014
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Preece and Chamberlain show uncommon sanity, assessing the merits of furiously clashing arguments. They expose the oversimplifications of animal rights fanatics and the self-serving deceptions of corporate spokesmen. They wade through the culture wars over experiments on animals, hunting, trapping, industrialized farming, the use of animals for entertainment, and the issues surrounding companion animals. Through it all they remain calm, critical, and compassionate, with an impressive command of legal, economic, and ecological developments. They discuss the moral and philosophical issues with reference to the whole history of Western thought, and it gets intellectually demanding. Where most debate concerns the individual rights of individual beasts, these authors focus more on the rights and needs of multi-species communities. Can they come up with simple universal rules for relating to all species of beings? That, Preece and Chamberlain argue, would be too much to impose on life: "We can ask no more than for a kind, considerate, protective and respectful speciesism."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fair, compassionate, and mentally challenging Jan. 30 2014
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Preece and Chamberlain show uncommon sanity, assessing the merits of furiously clashing arguments. They expose the oversimplifications of animal rights fanatics and the self-serving deceptions of corporate spokesmen. They wade through the culture wars over experiments on animals, hunting, trapping, industrialized farming, the use of animals for entertainment, and the issues surrounding companion animals. Through it all they remain calm, critical, and compassionate, with an impressive command of legal, economic, and ecological developments. They discuss the moral and philosophical issues with reference to the whole history of Western thought, and it gets intellectually demanding. Where most debate concerns the individual rights of individual beasts, these authors focus more on the rights and needs of multi-species communities. Can they come up with simple universal rules for relating to all species of beings? That, Preece and Chamberlain argue, would be too much to impose on life: "We can ask no more than for a kind, considerate, protective and respectful speciesism."
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