Show 84 first broadcast 15th January 2010
Liberating animals and ending world poverty
Peter Singer became interested in the the issues surrounding animal cruelty in 1971, as a young PhD student at Oxord. In 1975 he wrote the seminal book Animal Liberation that changed the lives of many people and animals throughout the world. As well as creating many vegetarians, he became the father of animal rights. He is now writing about how we can stop world proverty
I talk to him about how all of this started and about his current work. You can find all about how you can help to stop world poverty by going to his website at http://thelifeyoucansave.com/ The sound of science strongly recommends his books.
Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University, and has held several other visiting appointments. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005 on, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
Peter Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then he has written many other books, including Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live?, The Way We Eat (with Jim Mason) and most recently, The Life You Can Save. His works have appeared in more than 20 languages. He is the author of the major article on Ethics in the current edition of the Encylopaedia Britannica. Two collections of his writings have been published: Writings on an Ethical Life, which he edited, and Unsanctifying Human Life, edited by Helga Kuhse.
Outside academic life, Peter Singer is President of Animal Rights International, a Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, and a member of the Advisory Board of GiveWell.net
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