Animal Rights

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010, 23:43 WIB
Animal Rights
Reviewed by Cut Mita

Human have always had a close but complex, even what animal rightist attorney Gary Francoise calls “schizophrenic,” relationship with other species. On one hand, the myths of most cultures show ancestors, spirits or even gods in animal form and describe animals as worthy of respect and sometimes awe. People have valued domesticated animals as working partners and companions for thousands of years. At the same time, humans throughout history have killed animals to obtain food and clothing, bought and sold them as poverty, and exterminated then as vermin. 

            Book that is published in 2004 consists of three main parts. Part 1 is divided into five chapters; part two contains three chapters i.e. chapter 6, 7 and 8. Last part is appendices. Each volume of the Facts On File Library in a Book series is carefully designed to be a first-step research source on important current issues. Written clearly and carefully so that even the most complex aspects of the information to begin work, plus the research tools needed to delve more deeply into the issue. Again, book includes a history of the subject i.e. issues in animal welfare and animal rights; biographical information on important figures in the field mainly Peter Singer with his book “Animal Liberation” that has been repeatedly called “the Bible of the animal rights movement,” and also Tom Regan with his book “the Case for Animal Rights.” A complete annotated bibliography contains hundreds of books, articles and Internet documents related to animal protection and animal rights also offered by this book, since this issue has attracted increasing attention in the United States, Britain and other industrialized countries. This bibliography lists a representative sample of serious nonfiction sources dealing with various aspects of this subject. Sources have been selected for clarity and usefulness to the general reader, recent publication (mostly from 1998 or later), and variety of point of view. The last thing is a carefully designed index: everything the researcher needs to get down to work.

            Lisa Yount is a graduate of Standford University. For more than 25 years, she wrote educational materials for young people. She has written or edited 40 published books, nine of which have won awards or have been included on “most recommended” lists.

            Furthermore, Lisa argued whether praised, criticized, or dismissed, the quest for better treatment of animals has already made significant changes in Western society and law, and it may well make more profound one in the decades to come. Most states and countries have laws against cruelty to animals, though the penalties for breaking these laws are often slight and the types of animals covered are limited. Wildlife species are protected if they are in danger of extinction. Regulation not always carrying the force of law, place some limits on the treatment of animals in laboratories and on farms. For the most part, however, animals are legally regarded as property that their owners can use however they wish.

            Animal Rights examines all sides of debate regarding animal welfare in contemporary society. It covers the responsibilities of laboratories, farm and businesses that use animals or animal products. A various kind of act regarding animals such as  Animal Welfare Act 1970, Endangered Species Act 1973, Animal Legal Defense Fund V. Glickman I and  Animal Legal Defense Fund V. Glickman II, can be also found in this book.

            Furthermore, this book also discussed the animal rights movement, is opponents and their tactics. In 2001, Lyle Munro, a sociologist at Monash University in Australia, estimated that 10 up to 15 million people worldwide belonged to the “animal movement,” although it is not clear whether he meant just the animal rights movement or all animal protection movements combined. The United StatesBritain each have several hundred organizations devoted to one aspect or another aspect of animal protectionism (which include both animal rights and animal welfare). Interestingly enough, for most animal rights activists, animal protection had become a way of life. They generally ate a vegan diet, excluding animal products such as milk and eggs as well as meat, and tried to avoid other uses of animal products. They felt n extremely strong moral commitment to their cause and belief in its rightness. This conviction helped them to endure disapproval from family and friends, but it also sometimes made them impatient with slow, incremental changes in laws and public opinion. On occasion, it led them to criticize more moderate animal protectionists who for example, still are meat. and

            For me this is an interesting book. I encourage you to read it at least to have little information regarding what are animal rights and animal welfare.