Not a fan of Peter Singer? Introducing Matthew Scully...
One of my favorite things about the animal compassion movement is that it transcends the liberal/conservative divide. Case in point: our second featured author, Matthew Scully.
"Compassionate Conservatism...For Animals"
Scully has a decidedly more conservative point of view on the importance of compassion for animals than that of our first featured author. Indeed, if Singer's left-wing, anti-religious utilitarianism leaves you cold, then perhaps you'll warm up to Scully, a former advisor and speechwriter for President George W. Bush. Though Scully is skeptical of "rights based" discussions of the moral standing of animals, he is emphatically opposed to their merciless suffering in factory farms on the grounds that our "dominion" over the animal kingdom implies a call to mercy and good stewardship in caring for the non-human beings under our charge.
Scully's best-selling book, Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and The Call to Mercy, has received rave reviews from all corners of the literary world, and his many articles in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal always make for interesting and challenging reading. You'll want to check out, for instance, Fear Factories: The Case for Compassionate Conservatism...For Animals, Factory Farm Meat Not On Menu For Feast Of St. Francis, and God is Green.