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Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights

(10 reviews)

Nathan Nobis, Morehouse College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 9780692471289

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Cheri Carr, Associate Professor , LAGCC on 5/17/19

The book presents itself as supplemental to Singer's "Animal Liberation", Regan's "Empty Cages", and Rowland's "Animals Like Us." I would add that it is more of a teacher's guide than a book to ask introductory students to read. The questions... read more


Reviewed by Matthew Haug, Associate Professor, College of William & Mary on 3/28/19

As stated in the author's preface, this text is not quite a stand-alone book on animal ethics but rather a companion or guide that can be read alongside some influential books on animals and ethics (in particular, Peter Singer's _Animal... read more


Reviewed by Joey Tuminello, Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 3/3/19

The content of the text is appropriately comprehensive for an introductory volume on animal ethics. The theoretical emphasis is on Peter Singer, Tom Regan, and Mark Rowlands' ethical frameworks, as well as discussion of issues such as the use of... read more


Reviewed by Bruce Mandeville, Associate Professor, Otterbein Univeristy on 5/21/18

The book covers some common important animal use discussions. I do not believe it is meant to be definitive, but it does provide many commonly used resources for further investigation. This book is a great place to start the debate but future... read more


Reviewed by Sarah Beighton, Research & Digital Resources Librarian, Staffordshire University on 2/1/18

There isn’t an index as such, which is a shame, as this would be extremely useful. However, it is broken down into chapters which is good, and these are further broken down into sections which are well described, and the book is easily searchable... read more


Reviewed by Christian Golden, Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville on 6/20/17

There is a militant but minority school within the modern animal movement that calls itself the “Abolitionist” approach to animal rights. Championed by legal scholar Gary Francione, the approach strictly opposes incremental animal welfare reform... read more


Reviewed by Jeffrey Pannekoek, Graduate Student/Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tennessee on 6/20/17

The book does not offer much in the way of an index or glossary, but it is relatively short and searchable. read more


Reviewed by Victor Matoush, Faculty Instructor, Rogue Community College on 4/11/17

Comprehensive would be an understatement as this text goes extremely in depth to explore and discover all aspects of how we as a society approach our rights, responsibilities and dangers of our interactions with animals. At times, this becomes... read more


Reviewed by Lutz Kramer, Instructor, Rogue Community College on 4/11/17

The text provides an extensive set of links to both print and online material related to our interaction with animals. There are sections dealing with animal minds, our various uses of animals (including eating and wearing, experimentation,... read more


Reviewed by Priscilla Connors, Associate Professor, University of North Texas on 4/11/17

The author does a good job of outline the subject and defining the central focus of the chapters. Given these parameters the book is comprehensive. In the downloaded version I found a Table of Contents, however, there was no section distinctly... read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introductions to Ethics, Logic and Animals & Ethics
  • Chapter 2: Animal Minds
  • Chapter 3: Defending Animals
  • Chapter 4: Defending Animal Use
  • Chapter 5: Wearing & Eating Animals
  • Chapter 6: Animal Experimentation
  • Chapter 7: Pets, Zoos & Hunting
  • Chapter 8: Activism

About the Book

This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why?

We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons.

About the Contributors


Nathan Nobis, PhD is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. He has taught courses, given lectures and published articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics concerning ethics and animals, bioethics, ethical theory and other topics in philosophy.