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By Michael P. T. Leahy

Simply by analyzing the reports of the folk (or probably the animals) who gave this e-book one-star, possible inform the emotional vitriol, the name-calling and histrionics that accompany thr so-called "animal rights" move. the purpose is that you simply cannot have rational discussions with those that equate the dying of six million Jews to the demise of six million chickens, that's what those humans think in. and that is the challenge - in case you disagree with them, you're "ignorant, "stupid" - and so forth. so in case you are a considering individual, take those experiences for what they are worthy. that is what is so stressful approximately this stream - they use scare strategies, certainly downright terroristic innovations, to get you to "convert" (it's no shock Hitler used to be a vegetarian animal-lover!) This e-book makes a well-argued, nuanced case and maybe it is attracting rather a lot hate-mail the reason is, it really is really reliable. it is simple to learn and makes excellent arguments.

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This might well turn out to be something like a person; a concept we have already encountered. There is a twofold moral to draw from this exchange (to cut a long story short). In the first place, the self-seeker does a lot of talking AGAINST LIBERATION 33 and, after giving up initial window-gazing, seems to restrict the search to the production and manipulation of concepts such as ‘person’ or ‘being that sees and hears’. The suspicion is aroused that consciousness of self, remembering Singer’s question in the preceding paragraph (1979:94), is not just aided by a grasp of language but is impossible without it.

Rationality is not always what it seems It will be enough, at this stage, to make three comments; partly to give a sense of the complexity underlying these apparently transparent episodes and, in the process, to sow seeds of doubt: 1. What is at issue in these examples is not just intelligence. Some species are far quicker than others at adapting to Skinner box techniques (chimps, cats, dogs), or are preferred by circuses as being easier to train and tame (horses, seals, porpoises and, again, chimps and dogs) and these variations are replicated between individuals within a species.

Will not easily be settled against the background of the claim that animals are persons. He may be wary, as I have suggested, of attributing to animals the capacity for having reasons for acting but might well be unable to avoid some such conclusion in elaborating the extent to which they are ‘rational and selfconscious beings, aware of themselves as distinct entities with a past and a future’ (Singer 1979:94). Readers confronting these issues for the first time are to be forgiven for finding them numbing.

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