Kathy Rudy: Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy
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Both animal advocates and environmentalists should read this book. Members of both groups will find much to criticize, but they will also find new ways of thinking about animals. Rudy’s main point, repeated throughout the book and tying together her arguments about different kinds of animals in a range of situations, is that “emotional connection with real animals, connections based on love and shared lives, need to be included in the discourse of animal advocacy in order to maintain and model a better world for them” (xii). She looks at human use of other animals as pets, as food sources, as research subjects, and as “entertainment” in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. In each case, she writes, her guiding question is whether “the human use of animals in this setting ever done right” (xiv). She concludes that there is a moral way to interact with animals in each setting, even in the research laboratory, and that animal advocates have been wrong to disregard the positive dimensions of...
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