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Animal Equality

Language and Liberation


Joan Dunayer

283 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lantern Books

Hardcover

$25.00
Published:  June 2001

978-0-9706475-5-9


The first book on language and nonhuman oppression--and the most progressive animal-rights book to date--Animal Equality shows that deceptive, biased words sustain injustice toward nonhuman animals. Speciesism (prejudice against nonhuman animals) survives through lies. The book's compelling evidence of nonhuman thought and emotion debunks language that characterizes other animals as unreasoning or insensitive. Vivid descriptions of hunting, sport fishing, zoos, aqua-prisons, vivisection, and food-industry captivity and slaughter reveal the cruelty that misleading words legitimize and conceal.

Animal Equality also uncovers the speciesist attitudes and practices underlying much sexist and racist language. Every animal--nonhuman or human--deserves equal consideration and protection, Joan Dunayer argues. Offering pronoun, vocabulary, and style guidelines, she proposes new language that will bring us closer to nonhuman liberation.

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