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Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction

David DeGrazia

Publication Date - May 2002

ISBN: 9780192853608

144 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95


This volume provides a general overview of the basic ethical and philosophical issues of animal rights. It asks questions such as: Do animals have moral rights? If so, what does this mean? What sorts of mental lives do animals have, and how should we understand welfare? By presenting models for understanding animals' moral status and rights, and examining their mental lives and welfare, David DeGrazia explores the implications for how we should treat animals in connection with our diet, zoos, and research. Animal Rights distinguishes itself by combining intellectual rigor with accessibility, offering a distinct moral voice with a non-polemical tone.


  • Issues surrounding animal rights are of huge general interest, but are almost always presented in terms of a highly emotive, polarized debate between extremists
  • This book explores the reasoned arguments for and against animal rights of various kinds
  • Intellectually disciplined but highly accessible
  • Specific issues, such as animal research, the keeping of animals in zoos, meat-eating, and keeping pets, are dealt with individually

About the Author(s)

David DeGrazia is Associate Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status (1996) and of numerous articles in philosophy and ethics journals He is also co-editor, with Thomas Mappes, of Biomedical Ethics (2001). Currently he is researching various topics at the intersection of personal identity theory and bioethics.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to the Issues
    2. The Moral Status of Animals
    3. What Animals are Like
    4. The Harms of Suffering, Confinement, and Death
    5. Meat-Eating
    6. Keeping Pets and Zoo Animals
    7. Animal Research
    8. Epilogue

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