Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know

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TIME LINE/CHRONOLOGY
OF IMPORTANT EVENTS

Humans have been interacting with nonhumans in many different contexts for a very long time. Animal protection sentiments appear not only very early in our recorded history but were obviously part of our prehistory as well. The list that follows is confined to three dozen major dates—there are histories in the suggested readings that provide much more detail.

35,000–15,000 years ago Humans begin drawing pictures of other animals on rocks and cave walls (a well-known example is the Lascaux caves in France). Since the depicted animals are not always those that were hunted, the drawings suggest to some an honoring of the connection with, perhaps even identification between, humans and the depicted animals.

15,000 years ago Humans begin making the transition from a hunting-gathering lifestyle to pastoral and agricultural ways of life. Transition to domestication of animals and plants changed the relationship to animals, to land, and to each other.

12,000–10,000 B.C.E. Practice of burying or other forms of ritual disposing of dead dogs and some other animals can be found around the world.

7,000 B.C.E. Some cultures in Asia have domesticated donkeys, sheep, pigs, and goats. By 4,000–5,000 years ago the humans of southwestern Asia had domesticated virtually all of the livestock and crop plants that are central to Old World cultures.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - General Information 1
  • 2 - The Animals Themselves 10
  • 3 - Philosophical Arguments 56
  • 4 - History and Culture 74
  • 5 - Laws 81
  • 6 - Political Realities 104
  • 7 - Social Realities 129
  • 8 - Education, the Professions, and the Arts 143
  • 9 - Contemporary Sciences– Natural and Social 162
  • 10 - Major Figures and Organizations in the Animal Rights Movement 173
  • 11 - The Future of Animal Rights 189
  • Time Line/Chronology of Important Events 201
  • Glossary 205
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 209
  • Index 215
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