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by Anthony J. Nocella II

I was glad to see a collection of essays that finally takes on animal liberation efforts in an intersectional way.These essays prioritize the grounding of animal liberation studies within human liberation studies.There is also a good discussion on the bias of science that perpetuates privilege under the guise of "objectivity," something that is frustratingly oppressive.For anyone new to the field, most of the major debates are discussed and several important figures in the field are contributing authors.

On the other hand, the book appears to be a elaborate position statement and glorification of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies/Animal Liberation Front—by repeatedly conflating critical animal studies with that institution and their founder Steve Best. In fact, most of the essays make an explicit argument for the necessity in violence, euphemistically referred to as "direct action."Sometimes, the support for Animal Liberation Front (who founded ICAS) is just blatant and awkward. For instance, the chapter on engaged veganism—which ended with a tacked on section insisting that engaged veganism necessarily entails breaking into laboratories and risking arrest. I was really turned off.

Nowhere in the book (to my knowledge) was there a critical discussion of why violence is antithetical to animal liberation and is inherently patriarchal. So, while this book offers a lot in introducing the reader to core arguments in the field of critical animal studies, it is grossly biased in favor of ALF ideology. I'm looking forward to reading the competing titles that introduce CAS to see how they measure up. Honestly, I would be horrified if anyone new to the discipline read this book first and thought that CAS was all about blowing things up and terrorizing animal industry employees. This isn't good scholarship, nor is it representative of the movement.The ironic part is that they've included a forward from Ronnie Lee, famous ALF activist, who specifically denounces these approaches today in favor of the *truly* revolutionary method of vegan education.

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PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
Release date 01.12.2013
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