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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.

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.
Author(s): Matthieu Ricard

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?
Author(s): David DeGrazia

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.
Author(s): Gary L. Francione, Anna Charlton

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.
Author(s): Cass R. Sunstein, Martha C. Nussbaum

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.
Author(s): Peter Singer

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.
Author(s): Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka

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.
Author(s): Carl Safina

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?
Author(s): Vinciane Despret

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 Library 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.

Animal Suffering, Human Rights, and the Virtue of Justice

Author(s): Per Bauhn
ID: 3692914, Publisher: Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2023, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Rethinking the American Animal Rights Movement

Author(s): Emily Patterson-Kane, Michael P. Allen, Jennifer Eadie
ID: 3222934, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf

Rights For Robots: Artificial Intelligence, Animal And Environmental Law

Author(s): Joshua C. Gellers
ID: 3297629, Publisher: Routledge | Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

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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