Making a Killing: The Political
Economy of Animal Rights
- By: Bob Torres
Suggest to the average leftist that animals should be part of broader liberation
struggles and—once they stop laughing—you'll find yourself casually dismissed.
With a focus on labor, property, and the life of commodities, Making a
Killing contains key insights into the broad nature of domination, power,
and hierarchy. It explores the intersections between human and animal
oppressions in relation to the exploitative dynamics of capitalism. Combining
nuts-and-bolts Marxist political economy, a pluralistic anarchist critique, as
well as a searing assessment of the animal rights movement, Bob Torres
challenges conventional anti-capitalist thinking and convincingly advocates for
the abolition of animals in industry—and on the dinner plate.
Making A Killing is sure to spark wide debate in the animal rights and
anarchist movements for years to come.
Table Of Contents:
I Taking Equality Seriously
II Chained Commodities
III Property, Violence, and the Roots of Oppression
IV Animal Rights and Wrongs
V You Cannot Buy the Revolution
Advance praise for Making A Killing
- "Bob Torres'
Making a Killing draws a very straight line between capitalism and the
oppressive system of animal agribusiness. Drawing from social anarchist
theory, Torres provides a convincing argument that in order to fight animal
exploitation, we must also fight capitalism and, in doing so, animal rights
activists will need to reconsider their methods and redirect their focus.
While his critiques of the animal rights movements' large organizations may
not earn him friends in high places, such considerations are crucial to
keeping the movement on track and for preventing stagnation.”
- Ryan MacMichael,
"In Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights, Bob
Torres takes an important and timely look at the animal rights movement,
calling for a synthetic approach to all oppression, human and animal. His
analytical framework draws together Marxism, social anarchist theory, and an
abolitionist approach to animal rights to provide a timely social analysis
that will no doubt have profound effects on the animal rights movement
- Gary L. Francione
Professor of Law, Rutgers University
--Bob Torres is assistant professor of sociology at St. Lawrence University
in Canton, NY, USA, where he teaches courses on social theory,
globalization, political economy, and animal rights.
“You cannot buy the
Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It
is in your spirit or it is nowhere.” Ursula K. Le Guin, author
Comment: An enlightened conscience and
sympathy toward other species will bring forth real change. The cause of animal
rights will gain momentum as we transform our thoughts and relationships with