People Promoting and People Opposing Animal Rights: In Their Own Words

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Introduction

The purpose of this book is to bring together representatives (or activists, as defined below) from many sides of the animal-rights debate, so that students and researchers can see a variety of personalities and points of view in a single printed volume. Dozens of polemical writings are produced each year on animal-rights issues, in journals and in books, presenting their arguments persuasively for one opinion or another. Unfortunately, very few publications have attempted to provide personal perspectives from these activists. This is the first work of its kind, based on collecting interviews with identical questions asked of all participants, so that their responses may be compared and contrasted.

The word “activist” does not imply that these people are necessarily “radicals” or “extremists.” Activism has become synonymous with extremism in many media contexts. For the purposes of this volume, an activist is a person who has taken a larger-than-average role in promoting or opposing a certain issue. For example, because I spend much time writing books about animal issues, I am something of an activist, though I am not committed to either side. A person who spends a lot of time, energy, and/or money on any given issue could be called an activist. Using this definition, all the participants interviewed in this book are activists, because they strive to influence our society in the cause of animal rights or animal welfare.

My hope is that the razor-sharp edge to many animal-rights debates can be dulled somewhat, if each opposing group can see that “real,” well-meaning and intelligent people are working within their belief systems. Perhaps a degree of mutual respect can be attained, which

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Carol J. Adams 13
  • Ron Arnold 22
  • David Barbarash 29
  • Don Barnes 36
  • Gene Bauston 41
  • Marc Bekoff 45
  • Brian Bishop 52
  • Robert Cohen 62
  • Priscilla Cohn 72
  • Karen Coyne 78
  • Diana Dawne 87
  • Ryan Demares 92
  • Sherrill Durbin 100
  • Michael Fox 104
  • Milton M.R. Freeman 112
  • Margery Glickman 119
  • Kimber Gorall 126
  • Alan Herscovici 135
  • Alex Hershaft 145
  • J.R. Hyland 152
  • Roberta Kalechofsky 159
  • Crystal Kendell 166
  • Deanna Krantz 172
  • Finn Lynge 182
  • Kathleen Marquardt 187
  • Pat Miller 193
  • Laura Moretti 199
  • Ingrid Newkirk 206
  • Ava Park 212
  • Teresa Platt 219
  • Susan Roghair 226
  • Anthony L. Rose 232
  • Andrew Rowan 237
  • Jerry Schill 244
  • Cindy Schonholtz 253
  • Mary Zeiss Stange 258
  • Patti Strand 265
  • Michael Tobias 269
  • Frankie L. Trull 279
  • William L. Wade 283
  • Ed Walsh 288
  • Ben White 295
  • Bibliography of Contributors’ Writings and Other Resources 319
  • Index 325
  • About the Contributors 337
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