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How rational are we in our relationship with animals? A puppy, after all, is "a family member in Kansas, a pariah in Kenya, and lunch in Korea". An animal behaviorist turned one of the world's foremost authorities on human-animal relations, Herzog shows us, in this readable study, how whimsical our attitudes can be. Why do we like some animals but not others? One answer seems to be that babylike features like big eyes bring out our parental and protective urges. (PETA has started a campaign against fishing called "Save the Sea Kittens)." Research has shown that the human brain is wired to think about animals and inanimate objects differently, and Herzog reveals how we can look at the exact same animal very differently given its context--most Americans regard cockfighting as cruel but think nothing of eating chicken, when in reality gamecocks are treated very well when they are not fighting, and most poultry headed for the table lead short, miserable lives and are killed quite painfully. An intelligent and amusing book that invites us to think deeply about how we define--and where we limit--our empathy for animals.
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ISBN-10:  0061730866
ISBN-13:  978-0061730863
Author:  Hal Herzog
Genre:  Outdoors & Nature
Publisher:  Harper
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   I'm an animal-lover. I have a cat, a dog, and a a fish that has lived abnormally long. I feed birds and hummingbirds in my back yard. I love spiders and will usually make sure they get put outside rather than killed. However, I don't spare ants that crawl on my counters. I eat meat, and believe that my cat doesn't need to be allowed outdoors. Where does that leave me? Apparently, in good company.      Hal Herzog became fascinated with the way people create …
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