?

Log in

capers

Capers Review on An Animal-Friendly Life

Eric Prescott reviewed Capers in the Churchyard on An Animal-Friendly Life.

Some excerpts from Eric's review:

"Capers in the Churchyard is essential reading for anyone interested in the subject of animal rights at this crucial juncture, and I am happy to enthusiastically recommend it for An Animal-Friendly Life."

"Embracing the word 'radical' from the get-go in favor of its latin meaning, root, Lee Hall observes failings in those two major forms of activism, arguing that they do not focus on the root of the problem and, in some cases (giving free-range animals a public endorsement, for example), help animal oppressors to calcify and codify their practices, while also endangering wild animals and the environment, what with free-range grazing contributing to deforestation, desertification, and so on. While welfare reforms may reduce suffering experienced by animals, they are still commodified, and their expanded use and presence pushes nature aside (witness wild horses sent to slaughter, and wildlife shot if it threatens livestock) if overall consumption of animals is not steeply decreased. Rather than focusing on pain -- an important evolutionary survival mechanism that the meat industry would be happy to breed out of the animals -- Hall argues activists should place their focus on whether animals should be used at all."

"In another argument, Hall argues that both the militant and welfarist approaches also use animals, turning them into victims in order that activists may become heroes (great for generating donations), or reducing advocates to caretakers (how, in the end, does being a caretaker work to end the domination of animals?)."

Read the full review
Tags:

Comments

paw

October 2006

S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
Powered by LiveJournal.com