By Peter Singer

• The publication That begun A Revolution •
Since its unique booklet in 1975, this groundbreaking paintings has woke up thousands of involved women and men to the stunning abuse of animals everywhere--inspiring a world circulation to cast off a lot of the tough and pointless laboratory animal experimentation of years earlier. during this newly revised and multiplied variation, writer Peter Singer exposes the chilling realities of today's "factory forms" and product-testing procedures--offering sound, humane ideas to what has develop into a profound environmental and social in addition to ethical factor. an immense and persuasive entice sense of right and wrong, equity, decency and justice, Animal Liberation is vital examining for the supporter and the skeptic alike.

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Yet people who would say this about the infant do not object to the killing of nonhuman animals. How can they justify their different judg­ ments? Adult chimpanzees, dogs, pigs, and members of many other species far surpass the brain-damaged infant in their abil­ ity to relate to others, act independently, be self-aware, and any other capacity that could reasonably be said to give value to life. With the most intensive care possible, some severely retarded infants can never achieve the intelligence level of a dog.

Interest­ ingly, this once neat dividing line between humans and other species has now been threatened by the discovery that chim- 14 ------ A N I M A L L I B E R AT I O N - - -- - - -- - panzees can be taught a language. 1 2) But as Bentham pointed out long ago, the ability to use language is not relevant to the ques­ tion of how a being ought to be treated-unless that ability can be linked to the capacity to suffer, so that the absence of a lan­ guage casts doubt on the existence of this capacity.

It simply clung tighter and tighter to the mother, because a frightened in­ fant clings to its mother at all costs. We did not achieve any psychopathology. However, we did not give up. We built another surrogate monster mother that would rock so violently that the baby's head and teeth would rattle. All the baby did was cling tighter and tighter to the surrogate. The third monster we built had an embedded wire frame within its body which would spring forward and eject the infant from its ventral surface.

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