ANIMAL RIGHTS by Charles Patterson


Age Range: 12 & up
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 Beginning with the strong influence of Australian philosopher Peter Singer's 1975 book, Animal Liberation, on the current movement, Patterson discusses animals as companions, as prey, as entertainment (in circuses and zoos), and as subjects in medical research, weaving into her presentation achievements of such individual activists as an 11-year-old who refuses to drink Coke because its manufacturer sponsors rodeos; a man who infiltrated an NIH lab to expose mistreatment of monkeys; and Jama Hedgecoth, who founded Noah's Ark, a sanctuary for orphaned and injured animals. The book covers both medical dilemmas related to research and the problems of animal overpopulation more fully than Cohen's (above); Patterson also goes into useful detail on the ``3 R`s'': replace (substitute computer models for vivisection); reduce (use fewer animal products); refine (decrease pain). Fair-minded and informative. Notes; resources; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89490-468-X
Page count: 104pp
Publisher: Enslow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1993