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Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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
Library Journal
Opening most appropriately with a foreword by Jane Goodall, this unique work offers about 170 essays by well-known names in the animal industry who represent many fields, among them psychology, philosophy, biology, ethology, sociology, anthropology, history, education, and law. The result is a welcome multidisciplinary approach that shows us the extensive roles nonhuman animals play in virtually all areas of our lives. The essays are well reasoned and often extensive; "Animal Cognition," for example, is followed by five additional essays, all penned by different contributors, with such titles as "Intelligence" and "Consciousness and Thinking." A chronology of historical events related to animal rights and animal welfare is included, as is an appendix that lists resources on animal welfare and humane education. This monumental work deserves a place in every reference collection.Peggie Partello, Keene State Coll. Lib., NH
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

"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."

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Reference & Research Book News

"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.' "

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Library Journal, Starred Review

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

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School Library Journal

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

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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."

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This collection of 207 essays presents the latest scientific research and writings about the growing interest in animals as sentient creatures that deserve equal treatment and have intrinsic value. The topics include activism, animal-human interaction, genetic engineering, experimentation, speciesism, and zoos. The signed essays, which emphasize philosophy and ethics, vary in length as well as in vocabulary level; many will elicit emotional reactions. Longer entries contain subdivisions, and all have a list of suggested readings. Black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout. Highlights of the volumes are a chronology of historical events in animal protection and an extensive list of resources on animal rights and animal welfare. Some topics, such as puppy mills, are current news items and will be understood by general readers, but other essays will only appeal to advanced science students. All considered, the plethora of information gathered here makes this set a weighty addition to science collections.—Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, Illinois
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313299773
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1998
  • Pages: 472
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 3.89 (d)

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.

CARRON A. MEANEY is a Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Natural History and the University of Colorado Museum.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jane Goodall

Preface

Introduction

Chronology

Alphabetical Listing of Entries

Appendix: Resources on Animal Welfare and Humane Education

Sources Index

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