Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Omnivore - The Antispeciesist Revolution: On Animal Intelligence, Personhood, and Morality

This collection of links on animal rights, animal intelligence, animal consciousness, animal morality, and a whole lot more, appeared on Bookforum's Omnivore blog a couple of weeks ago.

The antispeciesist revolution

AUG 6 2013 

  • From The Humanist, Namit Arora on eating animals: Opposition to factory farming as an ethical starting point. 
  • Should chimpanzees have legal rights? The “animal personhood” movement believes dolphins, great apes, and elephants deserve to be able to sue — and now it has a plaintiff. 
  • On being an octopus: Peter Godfrey-Smith on diving deep in search of the human mind. 
  • James McWilliams on radical activism and the future of animal rights. 
  • Animals have thoughts, feelings and personality — why have we taken so long to catch up with animal consciousness? 
  • Tom McClelland reviews Can Animals Be Moral? by Mark Rowlands. 
  • If you know how a cow feels, will you eat less meat? Inside a lab on the Stanford University campus, students experience what it might feel like to be a cow. 
  • An excerpt from Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory by Vaclav Smil. 
  • Researchers find more evidence that dolphins use names. 
  • David Pearce on the antispeciesist revolution
  • Andrew C. Revkin on a closer look at “nonhuman personhood” and animal welfare. 
  • The first chapter from Social Learning: An Introduction to Mechanisms, Methods, and Models by William Hoppitt and Kevin N. Laland. 
  • Julie Hecht on how to teach language to dogs. 
  • Peter Singer on the world's first cruelty-free hamburger: Today's tasting of in vitro meat could herald a future free from needless animal suffering and polluting factory farms.

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