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Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales & Seals, by P. Watson

Records in detail Watson's heroic war against the whalers and seal hunters who are decimating the animal populations.

The book is a brilliant read, it's interesting, exciting, harrowing, and inspiring. How can anyone think that clubbing a baby seal to death for it's fur, or skinning it alive is an ok thing to do? Or hunting and brutally slaughtering whales to the brink of extinction. 

Yet over the years governments have allowed and encouraged this to happen, and the activists were the ones beaten, fined and slung in jails, the injustice of it all was disgraceful. Without the bravery of people like Paul Watson one has to wonder how many species would have already become extinct. A very worthwhile read, for anyone and everyone.

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The Animal Rights Debate, by G. Francoine & R. Garner

Gary L. Francione is a law professor and leading philosopher of animal rights theory. Robert Garner is a political theorist specializing in the philosophy and politics of animal protection. Francione maintains that we have no moral justification for using nonhumans and argues that because animals are property--or economic commodities--laws or industry practices requiring "humane" treatment will, as a general matter, fail to provide any meaningful level of protection. Garner favors a version of animal rights that focuses on eliminating animal suffering and adopts a protectionist approach, maintaining that although the traditional animal-welfare ethic is philosophically flawed, it can contribute strategically to the achievement of animal-rights ends. As they spar, Francione and Garner deconstruct the animal protection movement in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and elsewhere, discussing the practices of such organizations as PETA, which joins with McDonald's and other animal users to "improve" the slaughter of animals. They also examine American and European laws and campaigns from both the rights and welfare perspectives, identifying weaknesses and strengths that give shape to future legislation and action.

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How to be an Activist, by Vanessa Holburn

How To Be an Activist covers everything you need to know to create a successful social campaign and bring about positive change no matter what your cause.

 

This practical, inspirational book covers topics ranging from identifying your central issue and setting meaningful milestones and goals, to learning how to use the media effectively and stay safe and within the law.

It will help you with every step of your campaign, keeping you motivated through periods of self-doubt and staving off burnout as you celebrate milestones on the way to creating meaningful change in the world.

 

With contributions from influential campaigners including Natasha Devon MBE.

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Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach, by G Francione & A Charlton

This 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.

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Voices for Animal Liberation: Inspirational Accounts by Animal Rights Activists, by B Michelson

Immerse yourself in the world of animal rights protests, campaigns, demonstrations, outreach, rescue, and so much more.

In today's world, voices of the marginalized are in the spotlight and people across the globe are recognizing animal rights as a social justice movement. During a time of historic actions and victorious campaigns, Voices for Animal Liberation depicts the full spectrum of animal rights activism that is currently at work to create change.

This book offers the words of both new and highly influential voices in the movement today, with the intention of inspiring and educating those who are sparked by the vision of a more ethical world. Including a foreword by Ingrid Newkirk, founder and president of PETA and arguably one of the most prolific figures in the animal rights movement.

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Advocate fro Animals!, by G. Francione & A. Charlton

Since the beginning of time, there have been—in total—about 110 billion humans who have lived and died.

 

We kill more nonhuman animals than that every single year. Think about that for a second.

 

Our exploitation of nonhumans represents violence on a scale that is unparalleled. The largest number of animals we kill is for food—about 60 billion land animals and at least one trillion sea animals killed annually.

 

And there are many billions more killed every year for various other reasons, including biomedical research, entertainment, and sport.

One thing is crystal clear and undisputable: this horrible and pervasive animal exploitation is not going to end anytime soon.

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