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

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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: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: PBK ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • 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
I Visions of Nature 1
II Civilization's Progress; or, Who Invented the Dog? 19
III The Virtues of Defenselessness 43
IV The Species That Came In from the Cold 69
V Youthful Designs 95
VI No Turning Back 113
VII Human Pieties 127
VIII A Natural Ethic 153
Reference List 173
Index 181
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