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A plea for the animals : the moral, philosophical, and evolutionary imperative to treat all beings with compassion

Author: Matthieu Ricard; Sherab Chödzin
Publisher: Boulder : Shambhala, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First English editionView all editions and formats
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Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral  Read more...
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Ricard, Matthieu.
Plea for the animals.
Boulder : Shambhala, 2016
(DLC) 2016003252
(OCoLC)935983685
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthieu Ricard; Sherab Chödzin
ISBN: 0834840545 9780834840546
OCLC Number: 960042213
Notes: "Previously published in French [in 2014] as Plaidoyer pour les animaux: Vers un bienveillance pour tous."
Description: 1 online resource (341 pages)
Contents: A brief history of the relations between humans and animals --
Out of sight, out of mind --
Everybody loses: the effects of industrial breeding and meat eating on poverty, the environment and health --
The real face of industrial animal breeding --
Sorry excuses --
The continuum of life --
The mass killing of animals --
genocide versus zoocide --
A little side trip into the realm of moral judgment --
The dilemma of animal experimentation --
Illegal trade in wildlife --
Animals as objects of entertainment --
Animal rights, human obligations --
An appeal to reason and to human kindness.
Other Titles: Plaidoyer pour les animaux.
Responsibility: Matthieu Ricard ; translated by Sherab Chödzin Kohn.

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Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire. He chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or "entertainment," and submits every traditional justification for their exploitation to scientific evidence and moral scrutiny. What arises is an unambiguous and powerful ethical imperative for treating all of the animals with whom we share this planet with respect and compassion.

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