Animal Liberation Now: The Definitive Classic Renewed

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by Peter Singer

Harper Perennial

5/23/2023, paperback

SKU: 9780063226708



Few books maintain their relevance - and have remained continuously in print - nearly 50 years after they were first published. Animal Liberation, one of TIME's "All-TIME 100 Best Non-Fiction Books" is one such book. Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of people to the existence of "speciesism"--our systematic disregard of nonhuman animals--inspiring a worldwide movement to transform our attitudes to animals and eliminate the cruelty we inflict on them. In Animal Liberation Now, Singer exposes the chilling realities of today's "factory farms" and product-testing procedures, destroying the spurious justifications behind them and showing us just how woefully we have been misled.

Now, for the first time since its original publication, Singer returns to the major arguments and examples and brings us to the current moment. This edition, revised from top to bottom, covers important reforms in the European Union, and now in various U.S. states, but on the flip side, Singer shows us the impact of the huge expansion of factory farming due to the exploding demand for animal products in China. Further, meat consumption is taking a toll on the environment, and factory farms pose a profound risk for spreading new viruses even worse than COVID-19.

Animal Liberation Now includes alternatives to what has become a profound environmental and social as well as moral issue. An important and persuasive appeal to conscience, fairness, decency, and justice, it is essential reading for the supporter and the skeptic alike.


"I became a vegetarian when I read Animal Liberation back in the 1970s. Then and there I stopped eating meat. If I'd read this revised Animal Liberation Now I'd have become a vegan much sooner." -- Jane Goodall

"The first edition of Animal Liberation helped me make a career-changing decision to establish a more egalitarian biology. Singer's updated edition is even more valuable because given what we've learned about animal minds in recent years, it is painfully clear that animals are not disposable, simple-minded, unfeeling objects. We should have got rid of that human-centric arrogance decades ago." -- Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, and author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, and The Animals' Agenda

"Singer's great achievement in Animal Liberation was to bring activism together with a powerful philosophical theory founded on the principle of equal consideration of interests. Animal Liberation Now shows that the book that changed the world a half century ago is even more relevant today." -- Dale Jamieson, Director, Center for Environmental and Animal Protection, New York University

About the Contributors:

Peter Singer is widely acknowledged as the father of the animal rights movement and one of the most renowned writers on contemporary ethics. He is co-founder of The Life You Can Save, an organization that aims to help those living in extreme poverty; and Animals Australia, that country's largest and most effective animal organization. His many other books include Why Vegan?, The Life You Can Save, Writings on an Ethical Life, Rethinking Life and Death, and Practical Ethics. Since 1999, Singer has served as Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University's Center for Human Values. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. His books have sold over 35 million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world's most influential public intellectuals today. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing "brainy books".