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Ethics and Animals
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  • Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
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In this comprehensive updated introduction to animal ethics, Lori Gruen weaves together poignant and provocative case studies with discussions of ethical theory, urging readers to engage critically and reflect empathetically on our relationships with other animals. In clear and accessible language, Gruen discusses a range of issues central to human-animal relations and offers a reasoned new perspective on key debates in the field. She analyses and explains a range of theoretical positions and poses challenging questions that directly encourage readers to hone their ethical reasoning skills and to develop a defensible position about their own practices. Her book will be an invaluable resource for students in a wide range of disciplines including ethics, environmental studies, veterinary science, gender studies, and the emerging field of animal studies. The book is an engaging account of animal ethics for readers with no prior background in philosophy.

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‘Ethics and Animals is a wonderfully readable introduction to the range of issues that come under that heading. Lori Gruen is not only a fine philosopher, but also a person with genuine empathy for animals, and the ability to express that in writing.'

Peter Singer - Princeton University and University of Melbourne

‘If you only read one book about animal ethics, this should be the one. Simultaneously broad and deep, accessible and engaging, Ethics and Animals will help you think through the multiplicity of ways that people have tried to justify using animals, and importantly, raises crucial challenges to those justifications. This book will help you think better about human relationships with animals.'

Pattrice Jones - Co-founder of VINE Sanctuary

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