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    Why Animals Matter

    The Case for Animal Protection

    by Erin E. Williams and Margo DeMello


    Product Details:
    • Pub. Date: August 2007
    • Publisher: Prometheus Books
    • Format: Paperback
    • Pages: 290
    • ISBN-13: 9781591025238
    • ISBN: 1591025230


    Overview

    Synopsis

    Our treatment of animals in modern America is full of contradictions. Pets are a beloved feature of most American households, many enjoying the most luxurious food and accessories, and reveling in the love and companionship from their human families. At the same time, animals raised for food or clothing, or used for medical experiments and product testing, often live painful, lonely lives in small cages from birth to death. And wild animals suffer in other ways-losing their lives as their habitats disappear, being hunted for trophies, and finding themselves removed from their homes for the exotic pet trade.

    Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection offers 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 betweenanimal and human suffering, but also integrates solid information with positive case studies of rescued animals and inspiring stories of individual successes.

    Editorial Review

    From the Publisher

    Our treatment of animals in modern America is full of contradictions. Pets are a beloved feature of most American households, many enjoying the most luxurious food and accessories, and reveling in the love and companionship from their human families. At the same time, animals raised for food or clothing, or used for medical experiments and product testing, often live painful, lonely lives in small cages from birth to death. And wild animals suffer in other ways-losing their lives as their habitats disappear, being hunted for trophies, and finding themselves removed from their homes for the exotic pet trade.

    Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection offers 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 betweenanimal and human suffering, but also integrates solid information with positive case studies of rescued animals and inspiring stories of individual successes.

    Publishers Weekly

    Animal experts Williams (who works for the Humane Society) and DeMello (Stories Rabbits Tell) deliver an excellent look at cruelty to animals on an institutional level in various industries, taking a "common sense perspective" and revealing many disturbing facts that could turn the most ardent meat eater into a hard-core vegetarian. The meat industry gets their toughest scrutiny: the authors show that while nearly 10 billion land animals are raised and killed for food each year in the U.S., "there are virtually no laws that protect them from the worst abuse." Williams and DeMello also vividly describe how more than 95% of the nation's 300 million egg-laying hens spend their entire lives—only 12 to 18 months—"crammed into barren, wire battery cages" where they lack the space to walk and spread their wings. Further, our turkeys are produced by artificial insemination using a sucking device that collects semen from males and then forcibly injects it into females. They are also equally hard on other industries, like cosmetics, textiles and the large commercial pet breeders who sell animals "well before weaning age" to outlets like Petco, Petsmart and Petland. This is a tough but fair-minded revelation of how mass production of animals for food and other purposes results in cruelty that usually remains hidden from sight. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

    AlterNet

    Will make your jaw drop about how vicious humans can be to other animals...jam-packed with literal crimes against nature....Together they have painstakingly assembled statistics, news reports, anecdotes, and observations exposing the sufferings of so many creatures in so many industries -- food, fashion, entertainment, medicine -- as well as hobbies ranging from hunting to ostensibly positive pet-ownership that you recoil from revelation after revelation about Chinese cat-fur coats, say, or 'spent' racehorses that are slaughtered for dogfood.

    Booklist

    A well-organized presentation of the animal-welfare argument.

    Monsters & Critics

    This is a thought-provoking look at the way we distance ourselves from the creatures we routinely raise for food. It shows the insensitive attitudes that reduce thinking, feeling animals to nothing more then a product to be used and discarded in whatever way best suits the bottom line.

    Bookpage

    Rationalization and arguments about history, necessity, and overpopulation don’t stand up to the heavily footnoted studies and points made here ... Why Animals Matter ends with a manifesto for compassion and decency toward all living things, but remains a difficult look at America’s heart of darkness.

    Foreword magazine

    Readers will learn from this book that animals do matter and that people who care can help create more success stories.

    Meet the Writer

    FACT FILE

    Name: Erin E. Williams

    Name: Margo Demello

    http://www.whyanimalsmatter.com



    Biographies

    Erin E. Williams- Erin has been active in animal protection for more than a dozen years. Her concern for animals was sparked as a result of spending much of her childhood on her family’s dairy farm in rural Illinois. She has worked or volunteered for a number of animal protection and environmental organizations, from small student groups to international nonprofits.

    She has been a wildlife rehabilitator, a campaign director, shelter director for the world’s largest rabbit rescue organization, and more. She founded an environmental nonprofit focusing on factory farm issues, and she has taught numerous classes and workshops focusing on animal protection, the environment, and social justice. Erin is a UC Berkeley graduate and has a master of nonprofit administration.

    She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and works for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization.

    Margo DeMello- Margo is a lecturer at Central New Mexico Community College, administrative director of the House Rabbit Society, and the author of Low-Carb Vegetarian, Stories Rabbits Tell, and Bodies of Inscription.

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