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A Plea for the Animals

The Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with Compassion
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
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A powerful and wide-ranging indictment of the treatment of animals by humans - and an eloquent plea for animal rights

Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best sellers Altruism and Happiness to their logical conclusion: Compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire.

He chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or "entertainment" and submits every traditional justification for their exploitation to scientific evidence and moral scrutiny. What arises is an unambiguous and powerful ethical imperative for treating all of the animals with whom we share this planet with respect and compassion.

©2014 Matthieu Ricard; Translation Copyright 2016 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (P)2018 Tantor

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A hugely important book let down by the narration

This is one of those books that would have been best read, rather than listened to.

For a book that is about compassion, the narrators voice comes across somewhat robotic and bland. There are certain sections of the book (mostly dialogue) which are hard to listen to and sound as through they were read by a computer. I specifically reference the dialogue between a mother and her child about realising where meat comes from.

The book itself is excellent and full of information. I just think it needs re-recording.

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  • Springbox
  • 24-11-19

Powerful insight

Cultivating compassion beyond species, races, genders...is the Key to annihilate all our common problems.
This book carries an Universal heart's message for all ages, transcend religions and believes.


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  • Trake
  • 20-11-19

fantastic listen

I very much enjoyed this book. I will definitely be listening again to soak up some of the facts. oh how I love regurgitating facts.