Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice
From All Creatures Book and Video Review Guide

Author: Edited By Lisa Kemmerer
Forward By Carol J. Adams

Reviewed by Frank and Mary Hoffman

Sister Species


University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820-6903
Copyright 2011 Lisa Kemmerer
ISBN (cloth): 978-0-252-03617-0
ISBN (paper): 978-0-252-07811-8
$65.00 (cloth) $21.95 (paper)


Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice is an anthology of fourteen essays by different women authors, plus Carol J. Adams, who wrote the forward, and Lisa Kemmerer, who wrote the introduction and the appendix: Factory Farming and Females.

All of these writers see and expose the common and parallel thread of social injustice between the plight of human females and farmed animals in a patriarchal society throughout history up to the present day. Some examples are:

Christine L. Garcia, an animal law attorney, who exposes the fact that justice isn't blind when it comes to the plight of nonhuman animals, who she says are the most abused individuals on the planet.

Karen Davis, director of United Poultry Concern, who writes about her life experiences that led her to become an animal rights activist, who views poultry farms as concentration camps.

Elizabeth Jane Farians, who writes about theology and animals, one of our own missions, for we will never truly bring social justice to animals until we awaken the religious community to the errors of their ways and begin to speak out about our need to end the ungodly treatment of animals.

We highly recommend Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice for anyone who is interested in the plight of animals or in any other social justice issue.

About the Editor:

Lisa Kemmerer, associate professor of philosophy and religion at Montana State University, Billings, is an artist, activist, and wilderness adventurer who has traveled the world extensively. She is the author of Search of Consistency: Ethics and Animals and Curly Tails and Cloven Hooves, a poetry chapbook.

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