Why Animals Matter

Why Animals Matter

The Case for Animal Protection

Book - 2007
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Random House, Inc.
This is a concise yet complete overview of the problems of animal suffering, linking them to larger issues of human and environmental exploitation. Authors Erin E. Williams and Margo DeMello examine industries that exploit animals — meat processing companies and agribusinesses; medical experimentation and cosmetic testing facilities; the entertainment industry (circuses, rodeos, zoos, racing, and film making); the pet industry; the fur and leather industry; and commercial and recreational activities centered on hunting. The authors also consider the adverse environmental effects of animal exploitation from pollution to deforestation and the depletion of biodiversity.

In addition, they look at the connections between the poor treatment of animals and human exploitation of immigrants, slaughterhouse and farm workers, as well as the larger issues of globalization, hunger, and the negative consequences for Third World nations.

Highly informative yet very reader-friendly, this book not only explores the connections between animal and human suffering, but also integrates solid information with positive case studies of rescued animals and inspiring stories of individual successes.

Baker & Taylor
Examines the exploitation of animals and the lax legal protection in the meat, medical, fashion, pet, and entertainment industries and links these issues to environmental and human threats.

Book News
Promoting a more compassionate attitude toward animals through education, Williams (Humane Society of the United States) and DeMello (House Rabbit Society) examine their exploitation and lax legal protection in hunting and the meat, medical, fashion, entertainment, and pet industries. They link these issues to human and environmental threats; present success stories and alternatives to animal products; and include photos of rescued animals, recommended readings, and resources. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781591025238
Characteristics: 420 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: DeMello, Margo

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