Animal Liberation By: Peter Singer
“Animal Liberation” is a novel highlighting the ignorance of people about what animals go through in order to fulfill whatever humans need. Whether it is meals or experimentation, millions of animals suffer each year.
The author really goes the extra mile to try to make the reader see his point of view by being descriptive in his explanations of the types of pain animals feel. For example, Bunnies are used to test products for eye irritation by placing them in a chamber with only their heads exposed and dropping the product into their eyes. The eyes of the bunnies often become irritated, infected, and even blind. Monkeys are being taught to fly planes by using electric shock. Chickens, cows, and pigs are growing up in enclosed areas without much food, water, or even space to stretch out.
Singer also feels that our world revolves around speciesism. Speciesism is a term that means “discrimination in favor of one species, usually the human species, over another, especially in the exploitation or mistreatment of animals by humans”. Animals are used because they are seen as inferior to humans because of their mental capacity. Babies and retarded humans have the same intelligence as animals, so why not use them for experimentation? The answer is speciesism. When using someone from our own kind, we see it as cruel. But when using someone from another species, it is perfectly fine. “All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.”
The significance of this novel is to open the eyes of the reader to the harsh realities of what is happening to animals in today’s society. Scientists perform harsh experiments that are often unnecessary and result in more experimentation.
The United States government censors the cruelty from everyone in society, but they target children the most. This is because children are vulnerable. They have not yet created their morals or have...