This is, hands down, the best book I have ever read on the subject of animal “rights.” (I’m using scare quotes because unlike other theorists such as Pete Singer, Scully does not advocate legal rights per se, nor does he put animals on the same footing as humans.)
Scully is not only a journalist; he is a Republican, a former editor of the National Reviewand used to work for Dubya. I studiously passed over this book for many years because of these facts…and I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This is not only investigative journalism at its best; it is also a carefully crafted philosophical argument against our current treatment of animals—-not just in factory farms, but in wild game preserves, fisheries, the fur trade, circuses and zoos, vivisection, etc. And, he actually takes the Christian/Bibilical argument about man’s supposed dominion over animals and turns it on its head. Absolutely horrifying and absolutely necessary reading.