Vegan Texts

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Books

Fellow Creatures: Kantian Ethics and Our Duties to Animals51yoPBQUbnL__SX324_BO1,204,203,200_
by Christine Korsgaard

The preeminent Kantian modern philosopher, read to get to the source of what it would mean to try to appeal to people with these sympathies.

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Animal Property Rights: A Theory of Habitat Rights9780739189252
for Wild Animals
 by Josh Hadley

A legal argument to considering animals a right to their habitat as property. The podcast interview below also mentions a contrasting commons land take by Josh Milburn.

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Rattling The Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animalsuntitled
by Stephen Wise

The influence of Martha Nussbaum and Stephen Wise and their competing capabilities vs. autonomy approaches are discussed in this podcast by the member of an animal rights legal group, after a conference they spoke at with Nussbaum.

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Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions  + Online PDF 

Essays by all the big names including; Peter Singer, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Wright, Cass Sunstein, Christine Korsgaard and Cora Diamond. Plus PDF download links if you don’t mind getting an early copy to popularize the product in a video anyways.

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Anarchism and Animal Liberation; Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation by Anthony J. Nocella II, Richard J. White & Erika Cudworth

Decolonizing Nature by William M Adams & Martin Mulligan

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Animal Rights The Abolitionist Approach by Gary Francione

The exploitation of animals is pervasive, entrenched, and horrific. In this book, the authors reject the idea that animal use is morally acceptable if we treat animals “humanely.” They reject the campaigns for “compassionate” exploitation promoted by virtually all large animal protection organizations. These campaigns, the authors argue, reinforce the notion that we can consume our way out of injustice and trade one form of exploitation for another. They are morally wrong and they are, as a practical matter, ineffective.
– Gary Francione

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Anonymous back and forth on Freeganism

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Academic Papers

You Can’t Buy Your Way Out of Veganism by Bob Fischer

Why I am a Vegan (And You Should be One Too) by Tristram McPherson

Vegetarianism, Sentimental or Ethical? by Jan Deckers

Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism by Michael Huemer

After lives filled with deep suffering, 74 billion animals are slaughtered worldwide every year on factory farms. Is it wrong to buy the products of this industry?

In this book, two college students–a meat-eater and an ethical vegetarian–discuss this question in a series of dialogues, conducted over four days. The issues they cover include: how intelligence affects the badness of pain, whether consumers are responsible for the practices of an industry, how individual choices affect an industry, whether farm animals are better off living on factory farms than not existing at all, whether meat-eating is natural, whether morality protects those who cannot understand morality, whether morality protects those who are not members of society, whether humans alone possess souls, whether different creatures have different degrees of consciousness, why extreme animal welfare positions “sound crazy,” and the role of empathy in moral judgment.

The two students go on to discuss the vegan life, why people who accept the arguments in favor of veganism often fail to change their behavior, and how vegans should interact with non-vegans.

A foreword, by Peter Singer, introduces and provides context for the dialogues. And a final annotated bibliography offers a list of sources, all of them either cited by the two students or directly related to their discussion. It offers abstracts of the most important books and articles related to the ethics of vegetarianism and veganism.

– CRC Press

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