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By J. Simons

This booklet addresses the query of animal rights within the context of literary feedback. operating from a devoted place, it asks the query, 'What may literary stories seem like if we took animal rights seriously?' It deals serious surveys of the most topics within the heritage of animal rights and a few of the extra vital modern positions including readings of quite a lot of literary texts from classical antiquity to the current day.

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33 She admits that all but the highest minded who base virtue on absolute impartiality would not deny this in so far as it applied solely to the human race. However, why should it also not apply to animals? This question opens up a most interesting insight: even if we are prepared to accept that we might set our priorities so as to consider non-humans as a factor in decision-making on resource allocation, what Midgley calls the ‘inter-species exchange rate’ is, in fact, set so highly in favour of humans that there is little difference between the relative dismissal and absolute dismissal of the claims of animals.

She demonstrates this in a series of brief analyses of various cultural artefacts, all of which serve to reinforce the profound connection between meat eating, attitudes to animals and sexism. Indeed, it seems that meat eating and sexism cannot be separated either as discourses or as practices: Eat Rice, Have Faith in Women. Our dietary choices reflect our cosmology, our politics. ’24 In exploring her thesis Adams ranges across both canonical literary texts and the ephemera of modern American life: Men’s descriptions of their own violence suggest the series of overlapping but absent referents.

G. in a fire), we do not act with egalitarian impartiality but, naturally, we will tend to seek first to help those with whom we have particular ties. And we are right to do so. The question, however, is whether, given enough time and enough opportunity to rescue everyone, there would be a point in the queue at which we would cease our efforts. 30 Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation Midgley argues that this would not be the case for two eminently practical reasons: First, sharp competition is not always present.

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