"Speciesism is destined to become the definitive statement of the abolitionist animal rights position, not only in philosophy but also for the law and for conducting animal rights advocacy. With uncompromising clarity and abundant, up-to-date evidence, Joan Dunayer details the logical conclusions of the basic animal rights proposition that all that is required for moral rights is the ability to suffer. Her keen ear for speciesist language and her sharp eye for logical inconsistency provide a wealth of information, insights, and thought provocation even for those who have been active in the animal rights movement for decades, and her criticism of the hierarchial variety of speciesism still found in the writings of some of the best-known advocates of animal rights will provide a constructive focus for lively discussion both within and beyond that movement."
- Steve F. Saponitzs, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, California State University, Hayward and author of Morals, Reason, and Animals
Defining speciesism as "a failure, in attitude or practice, to accord any nonhuman being equal consideration and respect," Joan Dunayer compellingly critiques speciesism both outside and inside the animal rights movement. With bold originality, she examines philosophy, law, and activism in terms of three categories: "old-speciesists" limit rights to humans; "new-speciesists" advocate rights for relatively few nonhumans, those who seem most human-like; nonspeciesists advocate basic rights, such as rights to liberty and life, for all sentient beings. Uniquely egalitarian, Speciesism outlines nonspeciesist thought, law, and action.
"With some science and reason, this book brilliantly expands on the limited views of many animal rights philosophers." - Dr. Michael W. Fox, author of The Boundless Circle
"Joan Dunayer thoroughly exposes and discredits the ideas and laws that have legitimated and sustained the oppression of other animals. Using gripping examples, and showing an impressive command of the scientific literature, she has produced an uncompromising call for true justice. This thoughtful and carefully written book is a significant contribution to contemporary animal rights literature." - David Nibert, Professor of Sociology, Wittenberg University and author of Animal Rights/Human Rights
"In this unique and impressive book, Joan Dunayer forcefully develops the most rigorous and consistent definition of speciesism ever offered. She also advances, in significant ways, the case for regarding sentience as the only criterion for possessing basic rights." - Michael A. Fox, Professor of Philosophy, Queen's University and author of Deep Vegetarianism
Joan Dunayer is a writer, editor, and animal rights advocate. Her articles and essays have appeared in magazines, journals, college textbooks, and anthologies. She is the author of Animal Equality: Language and Liberation.