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Richard Ryder

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Richard D. Ryder (born 1940), is a British psychologist who came to public attention in 1969 when, after having worked in animal research laboratories, he began to speak out against animal testing, and became one of the pioneers of the modern animal liberation movement. He is the author of Victims of Science (1975), Painism: A Modern Morality (2003), and Link to Amazon com Putting Morality Back into Politics (2006).

A former chairman of the external link Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals council, a past president of Britain's Liberal Democrat Animal Protection Group, and former Mellon Professor at Tulane University, New Orleans, he is parliamentary consultant to the Political Animal Lobby as of April 2004.

Ryder was a contributor to the influential Animals, Men and Morals: An Inquiry into the Maltreatment of Non-humans (1972) edited by Roslind and Stanley Godlovitch and John Harris. It was in a review of this book for the New York Review of Books that the philosopher Peter Singer put forward his basic arguments in favour of animal liberation, based on utilitarianism, that in 1975 became Animal Liberation, the book often referred to as the "bible" of the animal rights movement.

Ryder coined the term speciesism in 1970, and first used it in a privately-printed leaflet published in Oxford that same year. He calls his current position on the moral status of non-human animals painism, coining the term in 1985, arguing that all beings who feel pain deserve rights.


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external link Animal Rights Library - selection of writings by Ryder on animal rights.

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