The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA
From All Creatures Book and Video Review Guide

Author: Norm Phelps

Reviewed by Mary T. Hoffman



Lantern Books
One Union Square West
Suite 201
New York, NY 10003
ISBN: 978-1-59056-106-5
US $20.00
Copyright © Norm Phelps 2007


In an attempt to justify animal exploitation, we humans have been fed so much misinformation (“lies” would be more accurate) all our lives. It’s time to set the record straight and this meticulously researched book does a superb job in attempting to separate myth from historical fact about The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA.

Reading The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA by Norm Phelps has given me lots of food (vegan, of course! J) for thought: learning a lot of things I didn’t know and rethinking some things I thought I knew about the thousands of years of animal enslavement. Previously, I had enjoyed reading Norman Phelps’ excellent book, The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible; but this book is a brilliant, crowning achievement!

We highly recommend this book to everyone.

From the Book:

“Our strategy, therefore, must be to accomplish the possible while inspiring those who will come after us to achieve the impossible. We must dream the impossible dream and broadcast that dream so that every year, every decade, every generation, there are more and more of us who share it. All the while, we must never retreat from doing what we can. To abandon either the dream or the work is to abandon the animals, because it is this union of the impossible dream with the possible work that will bring success. Nothing else will. At some time that we cannot yet see, the dream and the work will merge, brought into reality by generations of dedicated dreamers and workers, and the animals will be freed forever from what George Orwell’s philosopher pig called by its true name: “the tyranny of human beings.”

About the Author:

Norm Phelps is the former spiritual outreach director of The Fund for Animals, a former contributing writer at Satya magazine, and a founding member of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV). The author of The Dominion of Love: Animal Rights According to the Bible and The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights, he lives in Funkstown, Maryland with his wife, Patti Rogers, and their family of rescued cats.

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