In this book Gary Francione explores further the same themes he has developed in elsewhere, such as An Introduction to Animal Rights This is a good book that further clarifies Francione s ideas It s the same basic principle, repeated over and over again animals should not be property Animals are not ours to eat, wear, or use Following this, he then launches out to attack anyone and anything not adhering to his principle, which he calls elsewhere the abolitionist approach It s not a bad book to start with, if you ve never encountered Francione s ideas, but his books tend to be a bit dry If you ve seen Francione s YouTube videos or his talks in person, you will notice that he s really at his best in his oral presentations interviews and talks and when he s doing polemics It s anything but dry For some people, it s actually easier to pick up Francione s ideas via YouTube you may not agree with him, but he keeps your interest Other people, by contrast, are turned off by Francione s curmudgeonly attacks on all animal rights theorists other than himself and his take no prisoners approach to debate They find the books are approachable I found myself in the latter group and while before I had found his polemics slightly irritating, I was pleasantly and favorably surprised by this book and An Introduction to Animal Rights This guy actually has some good ideas Yes, there are still polemics, but it sounds so much reasonable when you see it in print Incidentally, in Francione s defense, this book makes clear that he DOES support incremental change in some cases, so he s not averse to compromise But the incremental changes must somehow restrict property rights of animal owners, e g a prohibition of leg hold traps that does not end hunting, as opposed to a humane trap of some sort This, and a YouTube video of Francione s that specifically addressed backyard chickens, actually clarified the whole problem of backyard chickens for me I found that I agreed with Francione Earlier, when I articulated my opposition to such ordinances, I couldn t quite articulate why Francione s approach is that ordinances allowing backyard chickens actually EXTEND human property rights over animals and help perpetuate the factory farm system At best it does this in a way that is slightly humane but still leaves the human right to do anything they want to a chicken intact, and in fact extends it into local property owners in their backyards So I recommend this book as a further exploration of the approach that wants to abolish property rights over animals. A prominent and respected philosopher of animal rights law and ethical theory, Gary L Francione is known for his criticism of animal welfare laws and regulations, his abolitionist theory of animal rights, and his promotion of veganism and nonviolence as the baseline principles of the abolitionist movement In this collection, Francione advances the most radical theory of animal rights to date Unlike Peter Singer, Francione maintains that we cannot morally justify using animals under any circumstances, and unlike Tom Regan, Francione s theory applies to all sentient beings, not only to those who havesophisticated cognitive abilities. As an aspiring vegan, this book was a must read It introduced to me a clear argument for abolitionist animal rights I have felt something change in me in the strength and ease of my commitment to living a vegan life as I read Francione s argument and his ideas It also gives me hope that the world can change and I can be a positive part of that change. Having read this, I feel as if I understand the abolitionist position regarding the treatment of nonhuman animals much better, and find I agree with most of it I m glad abolitionists have such an articulate advocate as Francione That said, though, he tends toward repetition, and seems disinclined to use concrete examples than occasionally Additional examples would make the writing less dry and academic I would still recommend this, however, to someone seeking to understand differing viewpoints about animal advocacy. drags towards the end as the last quarter is pretty repetitive and makes the book feel less like a coherent narrative and like a collection, which the majority of the book manages to avoid but a bible nonetheless. Francine writes a very convincing argument promoting veganism and the necessity for a change in the legal status of animals as property This book is a must for those thinking about going vegan as well as for those skeptics who don t understand why anyone would want to In particular, Francione s belief that theanimal welfare movement tends to do harm than good on a wider scale is a defining factor in the split between animal rights activists, so anyone interested in these arguments would benefit from the read. I like what Francione has to say but all these essays are reprints, and they all basically say the same thing Sadly, not worth the insane 40 they re charging Get it at the library if you must read it The most interesting essays same rehashing but with a few new ideas were at the end of the book. Essays that would no doubt be enjoyed by an insufferable, needlessly inflammatory, unbelievably fatuous Morrissey type But he s not entirely wrong. Convincing but repetitive Man, I don t wanna be a vegan I know I should But I don t wanna