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Best Animal Rights Books You Must Read

Our list of some of the best Animal Rights books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement (P.S.) (2009)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadSince its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of people to the existence of “speciesism”—our systematic disregard of nonhuman animals—inspiring a worldwide movement to transform our attitudes to animals and eliminate the cruelty we inflict on them. In Animal Liberation, author Peter Singer exposes the chilling realities of today’s “factory farms” and product-testing procedures—destroying the spurious justifications behind them, and offering alternatives to what has become a profound environmental and social as well as moral…
Author(s): Peter Singer

2. A Plea for the Animals: The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion (2017)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadEvery cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire.  He chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or “entertainment,”…
Author(s): Matthieu Ricard

3. Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2002)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadThis volume provides a general overview of the basic ethical and philosophical issues of animal rights. It asks questions such as: Do animals have moral rights? If so, what does this mean? What sorts of mental lives do animals have, and how should we understand welfare? By presenting models for understanding animals’ moral status and rights, and examining their mental lives and welfare, David DeGrazia explores the implications for how we should treat animals in connection with our diet, zoos, and research. Animal Rights distinguishes itself by combining intellectual rigor with…
Author(s): David DeGrazia

4. Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach (2015)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadThis book is about a revolution–a revolution of the heart. The exploitation of animals is pervasive, entrenched, and horrific. In this book, the authors reject the idea that animal use is morally acceptable if we treat animals “humanely.” They reject the campaigns for “compassionate” exploitation promoted by virtually all large animal protection organizations. These campaigns, the authors argue, reinforce the notion that we can consume our way out of injustice and trade one form of exploitation for another. They are morally wrong and they are, as a practical matter, ineffective. The central argument of this book is…
Author(s): Gary L. Francione, Anna Charlton

5. Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (2005)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadCass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum bring together an all-star cast of contributors to explore the legal and political issues that underlie the campaign for animal rights and the opposition to it. Addressing ethical questions about ownership, protection against unjustified suffering, and the ability of animals to make their own choices free from human control, the authors offer numerous different perspectives on animal rights and animal welfare. They show that whatever one’s ultimate conclusions, the relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals…
Author(s): Cass R. Sunstein, Martha C. Nussbaum

6. Ethics into Action (2019)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadMore than twenty years after its publication, Peter Singer's Ethics into Action continues to inspire new generations of activists through its portrayal of Henry Spira and the animal rights movement. With a new preface from the author, this edition celebrates the continued importance of social movements and provides a path towards furthering changes in our world.Singer, one of the world's most influential living philosophers, reveals how Henry Spira influenced major corporations by simultaneously applying targeted pressures and removing existing obstacles to achieve…
Author(s): Peter Singer

7. Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (2013)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadZoopolis offers a new agenda for the theory and practice of animal rights. Most animal rights theory focuses on the intrinsic capacities or interests of animals, and the moral status and moral rights that these intrinsic characteristics give rise to. Zoopolis shifts the debate from the realm of moral theory and applied ethics to the realm of political theory, focusing on the relational obligations that arise from the varied ways that animals relate to human societies and institutions. Building on recent developments in the political theory of group-differentiated…
Author(s): Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka

8. Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (2016)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadWeaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl Safina’s landmark book offers an intimate view of animal behavior to challenge the fixed boundary between humans and nonhuman animals. In Beyond Words, readers travel to Amboseli National Park in the threatened landscape of Kenya and witness struggling elephant families work out how to survive poaching and drought, then to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves sort out the aftermath of one pack’s personal tragedy, and finally plunge into the astonishingly…
Author(s): Carl Safina

9. What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions? (Posthumanities) (2016)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must Read“You are about to enter a new genre, that of scientific fables, by which I don’t mean science fiction, or false stories about science, but, on the contrary, true ways of understanding how difficult it is to figure out what animals are up to.” —Bruno Latour, form the ForewordIs it all right to urinate in front of animals? What does it mean when a monkey throws its feces at you? Do apes really know how to ape? Do animals form same-sex relations? Are they the new celebrities of the twenty-first century? This book poses…
Author(s): Vinciane Despret

10. The Case for Animal Rights (2004)

 Best Animal Rights Books You Must ReadMore than twenty years after its original publication, The Case for Animal Rights is an acknowledged classic of moral philosophy, and its author is recognized as the intellectual leader of the animal rights movement. In a new and fully considered preface, Regan responds to his critics and defends the book’s revolutionary position….
Author(s): Tom Regan

Best Animal Rights Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some animal rights books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Voices for Animal Liberation: Inspirational Accounts by Animal Rights Activists

Author(s): Brittany Michelson
ID: 2478475, Publisher: Skyhorse, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Impersonating Animals: Rhetoric, Ecofeminism, and Animal Rights Law

Author(s): S. Marek Muller
ID: 2716144, Publisher: Michigan State University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement

Author(s): Ernest Freeberg
ID: 2755145, Publisher: Hachette UK, Year: 2020, Size: 35 Mb, Format: mobi

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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