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Henry Spira is a lifelong activist and founder of the modern animal rights movement. Inspired by the thinking of Peter Singer in the early 1970's, Henry turned Singer's ethical lessons into action, launching campaigns against organizations whose practices caused unnecessary suffering to animals. He has taken on some of the most powerful companies in America, including Revlon, Avon, Perdue, and McDonald's with extraordinary success. His respectful, though forceful, dialogue with these opponents convinces them that they can change their procedures without losing face or profit. This inspiring story of Henry's life and his campaigns proposes that his remarkable successful method of action can be adopted by activists of all kinds.
The buildup; animal liberation; the dream of beauty and the nightmare of the rabbit; conflict and progress; the forgotten animal issue; pushing the peanut forward.
Peter Singer is DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and the author of many books, including Animal Liberation: A New Ethics of Our Treatment of Animals (Random House), and Practical Ethics (Cambridge University Press). Henry Spira lives in New York City.
Henry Spira is not a Catholic, but if he were his patron saint would surely be St. Francis of Assisi--he who loved all God's creatures. All his life Henry has fought for the helpless, but most of all for the most helpless of the helpless. Here is his story in Peter Singer's Ethics into Action, a powerful scholarly and often painful narrative, a book bristling with facts and documentation. If you are Catholic you'll put Henry Spira's picture right up there with St. Francis, and, in honor of Peter Singer, you might pass on that next sirloin steak.--Frank McCourt