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Peter Singer
, 2002

by Juliet van Otteren

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 35.3 cm x 27.9 cm, image: 31.4 cm x 24.8 cm)

Professor Peter Singer (b.1946) is an influential philosopher, who advocates veganism as the only ethical diet. Singer's utilitarian philosophy - judging whether acts are right or wrong by their consequences - led to a belief that all animals capable of suffering should be given equal consideration, and therefore the use of animals for food or experimentation is unjustifiable. His book Animal Liberation 1975 is credited with triggering the modern animal rights movement. He continues to campaign against factory farming of animals, viewing it as cruel and unnecessary. Singer is currently Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University's Centre for Human Values. A founding member of the Green Party in Victoria, in 1996 he stood unsuccessfully as a Greens Senate candidate.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Mr and Mrs Wilbur van Otteren
Accession number: 2002.63