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Announcing a new Meetup for St Pete Vegetarian Meetup Group!
What: Vegetarian Book Club: Introduction to Animal Rights by Gary Francione
When: Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:30 PM
Sara & Mitch's House
10523 104th Ave. N.
Largo, FL 33773
Join a discussion on vegetarian-relevant literature. February's focus was health. This month, we're looking at ethics by reading Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child Or The Dog by Gary L. Francione.
We'll meet at my house, enjoy some vegan snacks, and share our thoughts on the book. You are, of course, welcome (encouraged really ) to bring snacks or beverages as well, but they must be VEGAN. Space is limited, so RSVP early! We do have two large dogs, a cat, and three ferrets. If they're pesky they'll go to their corners, but this is a pet environment in case you're allergic!
Parking is a little tricky, so you may want to park down at one of the businesses at the end of the street and walk down. It's not far! Carpooling is a good idea here, and I encourage you to use this page to work that out.
Also, at this meeting we'll decide what to read next, so please share your suggestions in the comment space!
From Gary Francione's website:
Two-thirds of Americans polled by the Associated Press agree with the following statement: "An animal’s right to live free of suffering should be just as important as a person’s right to live free of suffering." More than 50 percent of Americans believe that it is wrong to kill animals to make fur coats or to hunt them for sport. But these same Americans eat hamburgers, take their children to circuses and rodeos, and use products developed with animal testing. How do we justify our inconsistency?
In this easy-to-read introduction, animal rights advocate Gary Francione looks at our conventional moral thinking about animals. Using examples, analogies, and thought-experiments, he reveals the dramatic inconsistency between what we say we believe about animals and how we actually treat them.
Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? provides a guidebook to examining our social and personal ethical beliefs. It takes us through concepts of property and equal consideration to arrive at the basic contention of animal rights: that everyone—human and non-human—has the right not to be treated as a means to an end. Along the way, it illuminates concepts and theories that all of us use but few of us understand—the nature of “rights” and “interests,” for example, and the theories of Locke, Descartes, and Bentham.
Filled with fascinating information and cogent arguments, this is a book that you may love or hate, but that will never fail to inform, enlighten, and educate.
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