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

Author: Matthieu Ricard
Publisher: Boulder : Shambhala, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Papeback editionView all editions and formats
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"A powerful and wide-ranging indictment of the treatment of animals by humans--and an eloquent plea for animal rights. 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthieu Ricard
ISBN: 1611804744 9781611804744
OCLC Number: 971083736
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: "Previously published in French [in 2014] as Plaidoyer pour les animaux: Vers un bienveillance pour tous."
Description: xiii, 341 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
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 --
Conclusion: An appeal to reason and to human kindness.
Other Titles: Plaidoyer pour les animaux.
Responsibility: Matthieu Ricard ; translated by Sherab Chodzin Kohn.

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"A powerful and wide-ranging indictment of the treatment of animals by humans--and an eloquent plea for animal rights. 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"--Publisher's description.

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