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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 rigour with accessibility, offering a distinct moral voice with a non-polemical tone. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Oxford University Press
February 21, 2002
About the author
David DeGrazia is Associate Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University in Washington, DC. 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.