A problematic subject is dissected and analyzed by a well-known science writer. The issues of the animal-rights controversy have filtered down to children, thanks in part to the vocal, even violent members on the fringe of those concerned for animal welfare. Pringle records a brief history of the animal-rights movement, citing passages from the Bible as well as quotes from Aristotle and Gandhi to provide cultural perspective and moral depth to his arguments. He chronicles advances in science provided by animal testing; the case against raising animals in close spaces: the problems of legislating farming procedures; and the questionable practice of using unwanted dogs and cats in labs rather than killing them outright. Experts on both sides of the issue's arguments are quoted extensively. Graphic photos accompany this work, which is mostly appropriate for thoughtful readers. Although some of the passages are downright sickening, the book ends on a note of hope that the debate, if not yet resolvable, is under constant consideration by people of moderation who are trying to do what is right. A riveting discussion.