Diane L. Beers

Diane L. Beers is an associate professor of history at Holyoke Community College, where she teaches social, environmental, and African American history.

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For the Prevention of Cruelty · The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States
By Diane L. Beers

Animal rights. Those two words conjure diverse but powerful images and reactions. Some nod in agreement, while others roll their eyes in contempt. Most people fall somewhat uncomfortably in the middle, between endorsement and rejection, as they struggle with the profound moral, philosophical, and legal questions provoked by the debate. Today, thousands of organizations lobby, agitate, and educate the public on issues concerning the rights and treatment of nonhumans.

“Diane Beers’s history of animal advocacy in the United States is illuminating, authoritative, and highly readable. The story she tells is of a movement that on the basis of a surprising depth of popular support has made steady if uneven progress, but has shown a lamentable tendency to splinter and divide.”

J. M. Coetzee