Singer wonders in this book about the relations which we maintain with the animals, and there denounces our current behavior towards the latter. At the beginning of the book, Singer specifies that it is aware that the title itself ( animal Release ) can appear with much ridiculous, and make think of " a caricature" other liberation movements, like the movements for the rights of the blacks, the women, homosexual or any other group. He explains his choice then: the goal not being, obviously, to grant the right to vote with the pigs, but simply to change our way of perceiving them and of treating them.
This book is largely recognized like the first philosophical base of the modern movements of rights of the animals. The idea is that the interests of the animals must be considered according to their capacity to feel the suffering, and that the fact of granting rights to them is not essential to the respet their interests (Singer is a utilitarian ) There should thus be a maximization of the interests of all the sensitive beings, whatever they are and especially whatever the species to which they belong. Important, known as Singer, it is that the animals can suffer, and not that they are less intelligent.
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