The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication / Edition 1

The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication / Edition 1

by Stephen Budiansky
     
 

Animal rights extremists argue that eating meat is murder and that pets are slaves. This compelling reappraisal of the human-animal bond, however, shows that domestication of animals is not an act of exploitation but a brilliantly successful evolutionary strategy that has benefited humans and animals alike.

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Overview

Animal rights extremists argue that eating meat is murder and that pets are slaves. This compelling reappraisal of the human-animal bond, however, shows that domestication of animals is not an act of exploitation but a brilliantly successful evolutionary strategy that has benefited humans and animals alike.

"Budiansky's slim, elegant discourse is a persuasive counterweight to the pastoral delusions of sentimentalists intent on seeing humans as malevolently at odds with the noble animal kingdom."-Manuela Hoelterhoff, Wall Street Journal

"Forcefully argued and eloquent."-Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

"A subtle look at the mysteries of evolution and a stinging response to animal-rights extremists. . . . Ambrosia for anyone-whether in agreement with Budiansky or not-who appreciates the beauty of an argument that combines careful scholarship with common sense."-Kirkus Reviews

"Budiansky argues his thesis clearly and cogently."-Daily Telegraph

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300079937
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
PBK ED
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
923,960
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Yale Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
IVisions of Nature1
IICivilization's Progress; or, Who Invented the Dog?19
IIIThe Virtues of Defenselessness43
IVThe Species That Came In from the Cold69
VYouthful Designs95
VINo Turning Back113
VIIHuman Pieties127
VIIIA Natural Ethic153
Reference List173
Index181

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