"Although the literature on human-animal relations is enormous, it is very surprising that this work appears to be the first English-language encyclopedia solely devoted to this rich topic…..Bekoff….should be commended for including such important but not easy-to-locate topics as metaphors about animals and a listing of specific health benefits resulting from human contact with animals….This encyclopedia is an outstanding ready reference and also first-stop reference source for students, researchers, and general readers. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries."
Booklist, Starred Review
"With this handsome new set he has completed a companion trio of Greenwood animal encyclopedias. Nearly 350 essays and 18 sidebar entries are arranged alphabetically within some 43 topical clusters. The essays range in length from 400 to 7,000 words, and most include bibliographies. Well illustrated with charts and photos, some in color, the encyclopedia is a pleasure to use for both reference and browsing. The essays, contributed by international scholars from numerous disciplines and cultures, span a wide range of theoretical, factual, and applied topics covering many species of wild and domesticated animals. With so many contributors, the quality of the essays naturally varies: a few are merely routine, but most are excellent. Many leading scholars have nicely summarized their major research findings here. Most of the essays take neutral positions, even on controversial topics, but a few provocative personal essays are featured. Each volume includes both an alphabetical list of entries and a list of entries featuring particular species. The editor provides a preface and introduction, chronology of animal protection events, bibliography of selected resources, and information on the editor and contributors. Highly recommended. All levels."
"This ground-breaking guide explores the nature of human-animal relationships….With discussions of 55 types of animals, this guide is not intended as exhaustive survey of the history of the relationships of animals and humans. Instead, the intention is more to introduce the range of issues involved. To this end, the editor has excelled at matching contributors to topics in which their research or careers have been actively involved. Thus, Terry Root writes on the effects of global warming on animal behavior. Biologist and animal conservationist, Christopher Papouchis, discusses mountain lions. When discussing bonding, Jane Goodall describes how her relationship to a neighborhood dog helped her defy the scientific conventions of her time and document animal emotions and personalities. The provocative essays of this encyclopedia should command an interested audience from high school to adult, but are especially recommended for academic libraries."
Lawrence Looks at Books
"This encyclopedia covers all aspects of human-animal relationships, bringing together many viewpoints on the subject. More than 350 detailed articles provide historical and current information on everything from bonding to environment; from keeping pets to hoarding animals; from animals in literature, movies, and cartoons to elephants and cows in India and dolphins in Japan….International in scope and unique in coverage, the typically long pieces present a broad view of animal treatment in many cultures and countries, both historical and current….This source is recommended for high school and college libraries as this material is rarely found elsewhere."
Reference & User Services Quarterly
"With 349 essays by world authorities, this work is a major work by any standards. Despite its complex organisation, the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships will be a useful resource for libraries that support animal-related and, indeed, human-related studies. It should be a quarry for animal-related articles for many years to come."
"This four-volume collection of essays by a most impressive group of authors, including Jane Goodall, explores global and historical connections with animals. Topics are organized alphabetically with individual essays for each topic. A cross-index by specific animals and a general index will also help find specific subject matter….The individual essays are highly readable with lively text and include a wealth of additional resources at the end of each piece….This resource should be a major target for any student seeking information involving human interactions with animals, whether for personal enrichment or classroom assignment. It is an expensive but valuable resource for both students and teachers."