Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know

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8
EDUCATION, THE
PROFESSIONS, AND THE ARTS

Education, the professions, and the arts have all been a rich part of human ingenuity. Each has also played important roles in humans’ past interactions with other living beings, and each will surely play such roles in future possibilities.

The “education” examined here is school-based education. This is the most formal sort of education, and in fundamental ways it is different from the “education” that zoos claim as the result of their exhibition of captive animals. This formal education is also different from the more immediate, hands-on education one derives from spending considerable time in the field with animals in their environment. While the remarkable benefits that one gets from familiarity with actual animals as they live and thrive in their own communities can be pursued in a variety of ways, this approach happens relatively infrequently in education premised primarily on books, classroom discussions, and controlled experiments at the laboratory bench. Characteristically, in such formal education, the emphasis is on ideas from the fields we call “the humanities” (sometimes the “arts and humanities”), “the social sciences,” and the different endeavors we divide up as “the natural sciences.”

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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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