A powerful and wide ranging indictment of the treatment of animals by humans and an eloquent plea for animal rightsEvery cow just wants to be happy Every chicken just wants to be free Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best sellers Altruism andHappiness to their logical conclusion that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire He chronicles the appalling sufferings of the animals we eat, wear, and use for adornment or entertainment, and submits every traditional justification for their exploitation to scientific evidence and moral scrutiny What arises is an unambiguous and powerful ethical imperative for treating all of the animals with whom we share this planet with respect and compassion