The influential book 'Animal Liberation' has made many practices less cruel, violent, and frightening for animals by exposing and ending disgusting abuse in laboratories, on farms, at roadside zoos, and in other industries that exploit animals. However, the widespread animal suffering that Singer laid bare decades ago persists.
PETA: Almost 50 years after the publication of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation — the groundbreaking work that challenged the way humans view and treat our fellow animals and forever shifted the animal rights conversation — readers will have the opportunity to revisit the iconic book. On May 23, Singer will unveil Animal Liberation Now, an updated version of his 1975 classic, in a multi-city series of events.
Widely considered a founding philosophical work of the animal rights movement, Animal Liberation remains as relevant as ever. It introduced countless readers to their biases against other animals in the form of “speciesism” — a human-supremacist worldview that fuels the ongoing abuse and exploitation of our fellow animals.
Singer argued that all sentient beings, regardless of their capabilities or differences, deserve equal consideration—or more specifically, freedom from suffering. PETA was founded as a result of Animal Liberation’s publication. While our work has made many practices less cruel, violent, and frightening for animals — by exposing and ending disgusting abuse in laboratories, on farms, at roadside zoos, and in other industries that exploit animals — the widespread animal suffering that Singer laid bare decades ago persists.
Laboratories, flush with government funds, still torment and kill monkeys, dogs, cats, mice, rats, and other animals in painful tests. The meat, egg, and dairy industries abuse and kill billions of animals every year in vile ways. Roadside zoos confine animals to tiny, inhumane cages, leaving them to pace endlessly. Circuses train animals—with force and through fear—to perform confusing and even painful tricks. Dogs languish outside on chains during the winter. Deadly poisons are administered to species considered inconvenient “pests.” And so much more. Thus, the acceptance of Animal Liberation’s thesis — that no sentient being deserves to suffer — is vital. SOURCE…