1. Animal Liberation

    The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement (40th Anniversary Edition)

    Peter Singer

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    The groundbreaking and “important” book about animal rights by the author of Ethics in the Real World—including a new preface (Chicago Tribune).

    First published in 1975, Animal Liberation created a sensation upon its release, shaking the world’s philosophical and animal-protection circles to their cores. Now, forty years later, Peter Singer’s landmark work still looms large as a foundational and canonical text of animal advocacy. Arguing that all beings capable of suffering deserve equal consideration, Singer contends that the only justifiable treatment of animals is that which maximizes good and minimizes suffering. In examining the cruelty of factory farming and the exploitation, both commercial and scientific, of laboratory animals, he identifies a kind of “ethical blindness” and calls for political action.

    A moral wake-up call from one of the most influential and controversial ethicists of our time, Animal Liberation tackles an emotionally charged social issue with a compelling rational argument in a rousing and riveting read.

    This ebook features an illustrated biography of Peter Singer, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
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    Open Road Integrated Media

Editorial Reviews

  • Animal Liberation is the book that changed my life and the book that made me found PETA.” —Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA

  • Animal Liberation is the most important book in the history of the animal protection movement.” —Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States

  • “Forty years ago, Peter Singer sparked a revolution with his seminal publication, Animal Liberation. Nearly half a century later, the world’s eyes have been opened and the fight for animal rights has never been stronger.” —Nathan Runkle, founder and executive director of Mercy for Animals

  • “Few books can honestly be said to have launched a major social movement. Animal Liberation is one. Peter Singer’s work has changed millions and millions of lives, including mine. Much more importantly, though, Professor Singer’s book helped define and build the movement that is fundamentally shifting the way humans relate to our fellow animals and that will eventually end the barbaric treatment of billions of sentient individuals.” —Matt Ball, author of The Accidental Activist and senior adviser for VegFund

  • “A most important book that will change the way many of us look at animals and, ultimately, at ourselves.” —Chicago Tribune

  • “Singer’s documentation is unrhetorical and unemotional, his arguments tight and formidable, for he bases his case on neither personal nor religious nor highly abstract philosophical principles, but on moral positions most of us already accept.” —The New York Times Book Review

  • “Everyone ought to read [Animal Liberation], and ponder deeply whether we do not need to change our view of the world and our responsibility toward its creatures.” —Richard Adams, author of Watership Down

  • “Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.” —The New Yorker

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Peter Singer

Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne's School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. The most prominent ethicist of our time, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, and The Life You Can Save. Singer divides his time between New York City and Melbourne, Australia.