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Capers In The Courtyard - Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror  by Lee Hall, Legal Director for Friends of Animals
Capers in the Churchyard:  Animal Rights Advocacy in the Age of Terror
What a clean and well-written book! A thinking person's views of animal rights explored in depth and in its essence. Just published, the book relays the details of events like the recent SHAC acts of violence, and the author consistently entwines such obviously-harmful-to-our-cause pursuits into straight logic and interesting discussion of the fallacies in such direct action reasoning. Ms. Hall ranks extremely high in clarity and insight within our noble professions of peace.


Pleasurable Kingdom - Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good   by Dr. Jonathon Balcombe, Animal Behavior Research Scientist for the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine
Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good
One can savor the reading of this book like the delayed sipping of a cognac and coffee. This thorough small hardback lavishes the reader with many scientifically verified facts about the nature of emotions and feelings within huge array of species within the animal kingdom. Animals enjoy themselves. From the tickling and memory responses of rats to the core body temperature rise in excited fish to the extended memory and anticipation of future events in hens, this book ceaselessly affords the reader with information proving that animals are feeling and thinking beings, not Cartesian automatons; each one deserving of our ethical attention and care.

Eternal Treblinka - Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust  by Charles Patterson, Ph.D.

A powerful and enlightening book. I briefly met Dr. Patterson at the 'Animal Rights 2006 Conference' in D.C. a few weeks ago and purchased his book at the exhibit. He writes in a flowing and easy style in this historical story of the now-obvious, direct relationship between our nation's creation of the immense slaughter houses leading to Henry Ford's auto assembly lines leading to Hitler's great admiration for Ford and the overall 'efficiency' of moving and transforming mass 'entities'. The prevalence of the new science of 'eugenics' at the beginning of this century, spurred into the world by U.S. academics, also caught Hitler's attention. The message in this book regarding the terrible wrongs committed by humans to both humans and non-human animals within the veiled framework of human 'supremacy' is a deeply important memory we must constantly recognize.

The Dreaded Comparison - Human and Animal Slavery by Marjorie Spiegel
The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery
A small and very readable book with powerful premises and explanations of the now-obvious comparisons between power-driven animal oppression and human slavery. History, Hunting, Vivisection, Money and Power are a few of the fairly brief chapters which tie together on this unfortunate subject. Photos and drawings are well-placed. This is an ideal primer for someone entering our awareness of the immense animal cruelty occurring daily.

End Game: Volume I: The Problem of Civilization by Derrick Jensen

Jensen applies many sound arguments to why we do not immediately end civilization, and his conclusion as to the best way how is deftly stated in many interesting analogies and interwoven with his personal stories of environmental activism. He proposes no-holds-barred action to wake up to the death of our inherent freedoms based upon our landbases which have been stripped from us without most knowing it. He is a good writer who sees in one bright color only.