In Defense Of Animals: The Second Wave by Peter Singer

By Peter Singer

In safety of Animals: the second one Wave brings jointly the simplest present moral wondering animals. Edited through Peter Singer, who made "speciesism" a world factor in 1975 while he released Animal Liberation, this new publication offers the kingdom of the animal stream that his vintage paintings helped to motivate.
Long hailed as an excellent and arguable thinker, Singer has assembled incisive new articles by means of philosophers and through activists. In security of Animals is bound to notify and encourage all who are looking to comprehend, or give a contribution to, the unfolding ethical revolution within the method we deal with animals.

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By Peter Singer

In safety of Animals: the second one Wave brings jointly the simplest present moral wondering animals. Edited through Peter Singer, who made "speciesism" a world factor in 1975 while he released Animal Liberation, this new publication offers the kingdom of the animal stream that his vintage paintings helped to motivate.
Long hailed as an excellent and arguable thinker, Singer has assembled incisive new articles by means of philosophers and through activists. In security of Animals is bound to notify and encourage all who are looking to comprehend, or give a contribution to, the unfolding ethical revolution within the method we deal with animals.

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Nor have we escaped altogether from some use of analogy with our own feelings to tell us what a member of another species might be experiencing. In the last analysis, we have to rely on analogy with ourselves to decide that any other being (including another human) experiences anything at all, since our own skin is the only one we have any direct experience of being inside. But analogy with ourselves that relies on seeing animals as just like human beings with fur or feathers is quite different and much more prone to error than analogy which makes full use of our biological knowledge of the animal concerned – the conditions in which it is healthy, what it chooses, its behavior and its physiology.

Most of the hens chose to go into the outside run, not the battery cage, the first time they were given the choice. A few of the hens chose the battery cage at first, probably because that was what they were used to – the run was such a novel experience for them that they did not seem to know what it was. But all they needed was a few minutes’ experience of the run, and by the second or third time that they were faced with the choice, they too chose the run. This seems to be a fairly objective way of saying that the hens liked the experience of being outside in a run more than they liked being in a battery cage.

How might we go about evaluating this claim? 37 IDOC02 37 11/5/05, 9:00 AM Marian Stamp Dawkins We might look first at the physical health of the animals. If we found them to be very healthy, with bright eyes and sleek, glossy coats and no signs of injury or parasites, we might then want to proceed to other measures. If we noticed that the animal showed a number of unusual behavior patterns not shown by freer animals of the same species, the next step would be to investigate what caused them to behave in this way.

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