Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

by Marc Bekoff, Carron Meaney
     
 

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Human beings' responsibility to and for their fellow animals has become an increasingly controversial subject. This book, which Jane Goodall in her foreword calls "unique, informative, and exciting," provides a provocative overview of the many different perspectives on the issues of animal rights and animal welfare in an easy-to-use encyclopedic format. Students,…  See more details below

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Human beings' responsibility to and for their fellow animals has become an increasingly controversial subject. This book, which Jane Goodall in her foreword calls "unique, informative, and exciting," provides a provocative overview of the many different perspectives on the issues of animal rights and animal welfare in an easy-to-use encyclopedic format. Students, teachers, and interested readers can explore the ideas of well-known philosophers, biologists, psychologists, and historians such as Peter Singer, Tom Regan, and over 125 others, all of whom have contributed original entries.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
In one tidy package, nearly 130 contributors have written hundreds of essays on a wide range of topics that cover the usual hot-button animal issues, such as zoos, vivisection, cruelty, vegetarianism, euthanasia, hunting, and experimentation. In addition, pieces on a variety of other subjects deepen the pool: animals in advertising, boredom in animals, and animal-assisted therapy are just a few. Also included are entries on organizations concerned with animal-related activities and dozens of biographical sketches of deceased individuals instrumental in advancing animal causes, either through their chosen profession or through their celebrity (i.e., Gandhi was one of the most high-profile vegetarians). The contributors to this densely-packed tome represent a broad spectrum of disciplines-including academic, legal, scientific, and theological. Jane Goodall wrote the foreword, which is followed by a five-page chronology of important events in the history of the rights and welfare of animals. The annotated appendix, "Resources on Animal Welfare and Humane Education," includes addresses, Web sites, phone and fax numbers, and contact people. This title is recommended for public libraries and junior and senior high school media centers. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix.
Library Journal
This encyclopedia shows why both animal rights and animal welfare matter around the world. According to editor Bekoff, "Animals are in. It's the century of the animal." Along with his 150 contributors, he takes readers on a journey that studies the human-animal connection and our relationships, explaining the core biological, psychological, and philosophical matters in a way that is accessible both to professionals and to nonprofessionals. More than 200 entries are included that cover 50 or so topics ranging from activism, animal welfare, anthrozoology, companion animals, and law and animals to pain, stress, and suffering; sports; and animal and wildlife ethics. Each essay is approximately three pages long and includes an excellent list for further reading. Bekoff (emeritus, ecology & evolutionary biology, Univ. of Colorado) received the Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. BOTTOM LINE As rightfully stated in the book's foreword, "every time cruelty is overcome by compassion, we are moving toward that new and boundless ethic that will respect all living beings. Then indeed we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human evolution—the realization of our most unique quality: Humanity." The LJ review of the first edition (1998) still stands: "This monumental work deserves a place in every reference collection."—Kathleen A. Welton, Chicago
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up--Concerned with the dignity of animals and humans' responsibilities toward them, this book offers both sides of major issues regarding animal rights, including both theoretical matters and practical applications. The signed entries are alphabetically arranged and contain cross-references to other relevant topics. Each one is followed by a selected bibliography. Topics include "Animal Cognition," "Education and the Use of Animals," "Genetic Engineering," "Hunting," "Laboratory Animal Use," "Pain," "Pet Theft," "Reproductive Control," "Sympathy for Animals," and "Zoos." A chronology of historical events related to the use of animals and animal rights precedes the entries. Appendixes include a list of related organizations along with Internet URLs, addresses, and contact names and a comprehensive bibliography and index. A welcome addition to the literature on this increasingly important topic.--Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA
Booknews
Issues, controversies, and ideologies related to the human treatment of other species, as well as significant historical figures and organizations, are included in alphabetical and cross-referenced entries. Some examples include treatments of: deep ecology, David Hume, anthropocentrism, and the relationships of various religions to animal welfare. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"This encyclopedia shows why both animal rights and animal welfare matter around the world. . . . Along with his 150 contributors, he takes readers on a journey that studies the human-animal connection and our relationships, explaining the core biological, psychological, and philosophical matters in a way that is accessible both to professionals and to nonprofessionals. More than 200 entries are included that cover 50 or so topics ranging from activism, animal welfare, anthrozoology, companion animals, and law and animals to pain, stress, and suffering; sports; and animal and wildlife ethics. Each essay is approximately three pages long and includes an excellent list for further reading. . . . As rightfully stated in the book's foreword, 'every time cruelty is overcome by compassion, we are moving toward that new and boundless ethic that will respect all living beings. Then indeed we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human evolution—the realization of our most unique quality: Humanity.' The LJ review of the first edition (1998) still stands: 'This monumental work deserves a place in every reference collection.' " - Library Journal, Starred Review

"Bekoff (U. of Colorado, Boulder) presents an updated reference for students, researchers, and general readers covering the full scope of animal rights and animal welfare from a global, interdisciplinary perspective. Thoroughly revised to reflect developments since publication of the first edition 11 years ago, the text has been expanded from a one- to two-volume publication. It contains 207 entries, by 150 international experts, covering an array of topics, from dog fighting to endangered species in zoos, animals as disease carriers, conservation ethics, and veganism. The second edition features a number of entries on various cultural and religious views of animals, and the latest research on animal cognition and sentience. Each entry offers a brief summarization of the issue and includes a list of publications for further reading. The text also includes a new foreword by Jane Goodall, a chronology of historical events, and a list of print and online resources." - Reference & Research Book News

"The plethora of information gathered here makes this set a weighty addition to science collections." - School Library Journal

"A superb reference resource for students, general readers, researchers, or others wanting to learn about our relationship with the nonhuman world." - Booklist

"Libraries owning the first edition should add this excellent new resource, with its substantial new and updated content. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers." - Choice

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313299773
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1998
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 10.50(h) x 3.89(d)
Lexile:
1310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

MARC BEKOFF is Professor in the Department of Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado, and a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellow. /e He has authored or edited 10 books and is primarily interested in the development and evolution of social behavior, animal cognition, and issues that center on human-animal relations.

CARRON A. MEANEY is a Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Natural History and the University of Colorado Museum. /e She is the coauthor of books on natural history, and her interests center on mammals.

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