In an essay entitled "Animal Liberation: A Personal View", Singer describes the personal background that led to his adoption of the views he sets out in Animal Liberation . He writes of how he arrived in Oxford in October 1969, and in 1970 had lunch with a fellow graduate student, Richard Keshen, who avoided meat. This led Singer to inquire as to why. Singer then read Ruth Harrison 's book, Animal Machines , as well as a paper by Roslind Godlovitch (who would later co-edit Animals, Men and Morals ), which convinced him to become a vegetarian and to take animal suffering seriously as a philosophical issue. 
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Faria, C. & Paez, E. (2014) “ Anthropocentrism and speciesism: Conceptual and normative issues ”, Revista de Bioética y Derecho , 32, pp. 95-103 [accessed on 23 January 2016].
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...animals have not been as critical to the advancement of medicine as is typically claimed by proponents of animal experimentation.