The first edition of "Animal Machine" was published by Vincent Stewart Publishing Company in 1964, with the preface by the famous marine biologist Rachel Carlson.
"Animal Machine" exposed the real situation of factory animal breeding at that time and criticized the production method of factory animal breeding at that time. There are pictures, truths, and analyses in the book, among which the encounters of animals are shocking.
"Animal Machine" was published in seven countries and became a bestseller at one time, which led to a blowout of interest in the relationship between humans and animals, and became the "European Convention for the Protection of Animals Raised for Agricultural Purposes" Source of inspiration for important documents and regulations.
In 2013, "Animal Machine" was republished by the British Centre for International Agricultural and Biological Sciences Press (CABI), adding the current world animal ethics, animal behavior, animal husbandry, animal technology and Five book reviews by five dingjian-level scholars in the fields of philosophy and animal welfare sciences. These articles commemorate the influence of the original author and her pioneering and epoch-making work on their profession, academics, and ideas.
Why do we still need to read "Animal Machine" again today?
——Marian Stamp Dawkins / 1 Likes the inspiring and inspiring friend Ruth Harrison
——John Webers Special / 6 "Animal Machines": Prophecy and Philosophy
—— Bernard E. Rollin / 13th Memorial Ruth Harrison
——David Frey Ze/ 22 Ruth Harrison’s Later Works and Animal Welfare Work
——Donald M. Bloom/ 27 Preface/ 36
Chapter One Introduction/ 42
I am going to discuss a new type of agricultural production method, that is, the production line method is used for animal breeding. The animals that are raised live in the dark and stand still all their lives. In the environment, we must also discuss a new generation of humans. They look at the animals they raise using this method, but they only think about the conversion coefficient of these animals into human food.
Chapter Two Broilers/ 51
The broilers were fed in a dim, airtight lattice cage for 9-10 weeks. After reaching the standard weight of 3.5 pounds, they were caught The cage is transported to the processing plant. The broiler chickens produced in such a feeding and production process are tasteless.
Chapter 3 Meat and Poultry Processing Factory/ 72
The slaughterman slaughtered their kind in front of the many chickens waiting to be slaughtered in the cages stacked on the ground. The land and head are different. Needless to say, the chicken who has witnessed all this knows exactly what is waiting for them.
Chapter 4 Stacked Cage Layers / 84
The main purpose of intensive layer farms is to turn the hens into a unit of time to lay more and more eggs. Many ultra-efficient machines. As for the relationship between the machine and the chicken, fundamentally speaking, no one really pays more attention to it.
Chapter 5 Beef Cattle/ 112
Because cattle breeding has been aiming at developing its milk production potential, many bulls produced by dairy breeds are not suitable for beef cattle. . According to estimates, there are as many as 800,000 to 1 million extra calves (also called "Bobby" calves) that are of no use value in the UK each year. What happened to these calves?
Chapter 6: Other Close-breeding Systems/140
The number of close-breeding animals on these factory farms is massive, and the types are constantly increasing. Turkey, duck, quail, rabbit, hog and vegetable cow are all in the expanded list, and experiments are currently underway to include lamb. It seems that the pleasant spring scenery of "a few cattle, sheep and clouds on the Lingshang" and "Chunjiang Plumbing Duck Prophet" may gradually disappear from the countryside.
Chapter Seven The Foundation of Quality/ 173
In order to keep people in a state of sound and healthy body and mind, that is, every organ of the body is functioning normally, we must follow soil, plant The natural cycle of life of animals, people, and soil. Once we get involved in this cycle, we will lose our health and immunity to disease to some extent.
Chapter 8 Quantity and Quality/ 186
The pursuit of output overwhelmed all the notions of quality and deviated from the ideal of agriculture. This chapter will discuss how serious this deviation is. At the same time, we will also examine the relationship between this deviation and the increasing incidence of diseases that are being controlled by drugs.
Chapter 9 Abuse and Legislation/ 220
Agricultural production has changed the nature of animals far more than depriving animals of their natural enjoyment of freedom, romance, brilliant sunshine, and green mountains The right has reached the point where it actually hurts almost all of the animals’ nature except for the survival instinct. Chapter Ten Conclusion/ 247
Legislation alone cannot fully guarantee that animals can enjoy a charter that protects their rights and interests. We must reconsider the attitude that the only purpose of raising animals is to serve the interests of mankind. The reality here once again tells us that education needs to run through all levels and links of our social life.