Animal rights, also referred to as animal liberation, is the idea that the most basic interests of non-human animals should be afforded the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings Advocates approach the issue from different philosophical positions, but agree that animals should be viewed as non-human persons and members of the moral community, and should not be used as food, clothing, research subjects, or entertainment They argue that human beings should stop seeing other sentient beings as property—not even as property to be treated kindly
The idea of awarding rights to animals has the support of legal scholars such as Alan Dershowitz and Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School, while Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby argued in 2008 that the movement had reached the stage the gay rights movement was at 25 years earlier. Animal law is taught in 119 out of 180 law schools in the United States, in eight law schools in Canada, and is routinely covered in universities in philosophy or applied ethics courses.
thanks to wiki for above
Books below are from Amazon. The list is a bit dated as I researched it some years ago now
BOOKS ON CIRCUSES, RODEOS, AND ZOOS
- “The Rose-Tinted Menagerie“, William Johnson, PETA (op. cit.), $16.50. Describes behind-the-scenes action in circuses, aquariums, and zoos.
- “Animals in Circuses and Zoos–Chiron’s World?”, Marthe Kiley-Worthington, Little Eco Farms Publishing, Basildon, UK. Investigation into the treatment of animals by zoos and circuses. 
- “The Last Great Wild Beast Show“, Bill Jordan and Stefan Ormrod, Constable Publishers, London. How animals are snatched from the wild to be shipped to zoos worldwide. 
- “Beyond the Bars“, Virginia McKenna, William Travers, Jonathan Wray (eds.), Thorsons Publishers, Wellingborough, UK. The immorality of animal captivity. 
BOOKS ON DIET ETHICS
- “Diet for a New America“, John Robbins, PETA (op. cit.), $12.50 post-paid. Examines problems with animal-based food systems with solutions, info on the link between diet and disease.
- “Compassion: The Ultimate Ethic”, V. Moran, American Vegan Society, NJ, USA. Exploration of veganism: its roots in eastern and western philosophy. 
- “Food: Need, Greed and Myopia“, G. Yates, Earthright, Ryton UK. World food problem seen from a vegetarian/vegan standpoint. 
- “Radical Vegetarianism“, Mark Braunstein, Panjandrum Books, Los Angeles. 
BOOKS ON LABORATORY ANIMALS AND PRODUCT TESTING
- “Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection”, Gary L. Francione and Anna E. Charlton, AAVS (op. cit.), $7.95. Legal citings, sample pleadings, and letters.
- “Animals in Education: The Facts, Issues and Implications“, Lisa Ann Hepner, Richmond Publishers, Albuquerque NM. 
- “Entering the Gates of Hell: Laboratory Cruelty You Were Not Meant to See“, Brian Gunn, AAVS (op. cit.), $10.00.
- “Animal Experimentation: The Consensus Changes“, Gill Langley (Ed.), MacMillan Publishers, London. Collection of essays outlining the change in morality. 
- “Slaughter of the Innocent“, Hans Ruesch, Civitas Publications, Swaine, NY. 
- “Naked Empress: The Great Medical Fraud“, Hans Ruesch, CIVIS, Klosters, Switzerland. Why vivisection is a major cause of human disease. 
- “Victims of Science: The Use of Animals in Research“, Richard Ryder, National Anti-Vivisection Society, Centaur Press Publishers, Fontwell. Classic denunciation of vivisection. 
- “The Cruel Deception: The Use of Animals in Medical Research“, Robert Sharpe, Thorsons Publishers, Wellingborough, UK. Detailed study of the barbarity and uselessness of vivisection. 
- “Free the Animals!”, Ingrid Newkirk, PETA (op. cit.), $14.00. Story of the Animal Liberation Front in America. |
BOOKS ON ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND FACTORY FARMING
- “Animal Factories”, Jim Mason and Peter Singer, AAVS, 801 Old York Rd, Suite 204, Jenkintown, PA 19046-1685, $12.95. Facts and photos on farms that mass produce animals for meat, milk, and eggs. [1980, 1990]
- “Factory Farming: The Experiment That Failed“, Animal Welfare Institute, P.O. Box 3650, Washington, DC 20007. Fact-packed indictment of factory-farming on welfare and economic grounds. 
- “Waste of the West: Public Lands Ranching“, Lynn Jacobs, P.O. Box 5784, Tucson, AZ 85703.
- “Do Hens Suffer in Battery Cages?”, Michael Appleby, The Athene Trust, 5a Charles St, Petersfield, Hants GU32 3EH. Scientific evidence of hen suffering. 
- “Alternative to Factory Farming“, Paul Carnell, Earth Resources Research Publishers, London. Factory farming challenged on economic grounds. 
- “Chicken and Egg: Who pays the price?”, Clare Druce, Green Print Publishers, London. A criticism of the poultry industry. 
- “Taking Stock: Animal Farming and The Environment“, Alan Durning and Holly Brough, Worldwatch Paper 103, WorldWatch Institute, 1776 Mass. Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20036-1904. The environmental cost of animal farming. 
- “Assault and Battery“, Mark Gold, Pluton Publishers, London. Effects of farming on animals, humans and the environment. 
- “Animal Machines“, Ruth Harrison, Vincent Stuart Publishers, London. The first book on factory farming. 
- “Facts about Furs“, G. Nilsson, et. al., Animal Welfare Institute, (op. cit.). On fur-farming and trapping. 
- “Pulling the Wool“, Christine Townend, Hale and Ironmonger Publishers, Sydney, Australia. The Australian wool and sheep industry. 
BOOKS ON ANIMAL RIGHTS & RELIGION
- “Christianity and the Rights of Animals“, Andrew Linzey, Crossroad, New York. 
- “Animal Sacrifices — Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science“, Tom Regan (Ed.), Temple University Press, PA. 
- Christianity and the Rights of Animals –Andrew Linzey (Hardcover – Nov 1987)
BOOKS ON ANIMAL RIGHTS PHILOSOPHY
- “The Case for Animal Rights“, Tom Regan, University of California Press. 
- “The Struggle for Animal Rights“, Tom Regan, International Society for Animal Rights, Inc., Clarks Summit, PA. 
- “Animal Liberation“, Peter Singer, PETA Merchandise, P.O. Box 42400, Washington, D.C. 20015, $3.00 post-paid. The book that popularized Animal Rights. [1975, 1990]
- “In Defense of Animals“, Peter Singer.
- “Animals’ Rights”, Henry Salt, AAVS (op. cit.), $6.95. Written a century ago, a true classic, anticipates many of today’s arguments.
- “No Room, Save in the Heart: Poetry and Prose on Reverence for Life–Animals, Nature and Humankind“, Ann Cottrell Free, AAVS (op. cit.), $8.95.
- “The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Science“, Bernard Rollin. 
- “Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism“, James Rachels. 
- “Morals, Reason and Animals, Steve Sapontzis. 
- “Political Theory and Animal Rights“, Clarke and Lindzey (Eds.). This book provides interesting excepts from thinkers since Plato to Regan on the issue of our relations and duties towards animals. 
- “The Nature of the Beast: Are Animals Moral?”, Stephen Clark.
- “Animals, Men and Morals“, Godlovitch et. al. 
- “Fettered Kingdoms“, John Bryant, Fox Press Publishers, Winchester. Includes a well-known indictment of pet keeping. 
- “The Moral Status of Animals“, Stephen Clark, Oxford University Press Publishers, Oxford. The roots of humans’ treatment of animals in sentimental fantasy. 
- “The Savour of Salt–A Henry Salt Anthology“, G. and W. Hendrick, Centaur Press Publishers, Fontwell. 
- “Animals and Why They Matter: A Journey Around the Species Barrier“, Mary Midgley, Penguin Publishers, London. 
- “Beast and Man“, Mary Midgley, Harvester Press Publishers, Brighton. 
- “Animal Rights–A Symposium“, David Paterson and Richard Ryder, Centaur Press Publishers, Fontwell. 
- “Inhumane Society: The American Way of Exploiting Animals”, Michael W. Fox, St. Martins Press, New York. 
- “The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory“, Carol J. Adams. 
- “Rape of the Wild: Man’s Violence against Animals and the Earth“, Andree Collard with Joyce Contrucci. 
- “The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery“, Marjorie Spiegel, Mirror Books, NY. 
BOOKS ON ANIMAL RIGHTS LEGISLATION
- “Animals and their Legal Rights“, The Animal Welfare Institute, Washington D.C. 
- “Animal Rights, Human Wrongs“, S. Jenkins, Lennard Publishings, Harpenden, UK. An RSPCA officer’s experiences demonstrate the lack of adequate animal legislation. 
- “Up against the Law”, J. J. Roberts, Arc Print, London. 1986 Public Order Act and its implications for Animal Rights protests. 
- “Animals and Cruelty and Law“, Noel Sweeney, Alibi, Bristol UK. A practicing barrister argues for Animal Rights from the legal standpoint. 
BOOKS ON ANIMAL RIGHTS HISTORY
- “All Heaven in a Rage“, E. S. Turner. Provides a history of the animal protection movement up to the 1960’s. 
- “Animal Warfare”, David Henshaw, Fontana Publishers, London. The rise of direct action for Animal Rights. 
- “History of the Humane Movement“, Charles D. Niven, Johnson Publishers, London. From antiquity to today. 
- “Animal Revolution“, Richard Ryder, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford. Overview of the history of AW and AR movements. 
- “The Animal Liberation Movement: Its Philosophy, Its Achievements and Its Future“, Peter Singer, Old Hammond Press Publishers, Nottingham, 
- “Man and the Natural World“, Keith Thomas, Penguin, London. History from 1500 AD to 1800 AD. 
BOOKS ON WILDLIFE
- “The Politics of Extinction”, L. Regenstein, Collier-Macmillan, London. Classic denunciation of the wildlife carnage. 
- “Wildlife and the Atom”, L. Veal, London Greenpeace, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, UK. The use of animals by the nuclear industry. 
GUIDES, HANDBOOKS, AND REFERENCES
- You Can Save the Animals: 251 Simple Ways to Stop Thoughtless Cruelty
- “Save the Animals! 101 Easy Things You Can Do”, Ingrid Newkirk, PETA (op. cit.), $4.95.
- “67 Ways to Save the Animals”, Anna Sequoia, Harper Perennial, $4.95. 
- “The Animal Rights Handbook — Everyday Ways to Save Animal Lives“, Berkley Books, New York, $4.50. 
- “PETA’s Shopping Guide for Caring Consumers“, PETA (op. cit.), $4.95. A must have! Lists names and addresses of cruelty-free companies.
- “Keyguide to Information Sources in Animal Rights”, Charles R.Magel, AAVS (op. cit.), $24.95.
- “A Shopper’s Guide to Cruelty-Free Products“, Lori Cook, Bantam Books, New York, $4.99. 
- “Animal Rights: A Beginner’s Guide“, Amy Achor, Writeware Inc., Yellow Springs, OH, $14.95. 
- “The PETA Guide to Action for Animals”, PETA (op. cit.), $4.00.
- “The Extended Circle: A Commonplace Book of Animal Rights“, Wynne-Tyson (Ed.). Provides hundreds of quotes and short excepts from thinkers throughout history. 
- “The Animal-Free Shopper“, R. Farhall, R. Lucas, and A. Rofe A. (Eds.), The Vegan Society, 7 Battle Road, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN37 7AA, UK. 
- “The Animal Welfare Handbook”, C. Clough and B. Kew, 4th Estate, London, UK