Exploring Animal Rights and Animal Welfare: Four Volumes

Exploring Animal Rights and Animal Welfare: Four Volumes

by Lisa Trumbauer
     
 

Throughout history humans have used nonhuman animals in many different ways to ensure the success of their survival, and throughout history there have been differing opinions about how and when animals should be used for satisfying human needs. Some argue that we should no longer use animals in ways that seem to exploit them. Others argue this is okay as long as

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Throughout history humans have used nonhuman animals in many different ways to ensure the success of their survival, and throughout history there have been differing opinions about how and when animals should be used for satisfying human needs. Some argue that we should no longer use animals in ways that seem to exploit them. Others argue this is okay as long as the animals are not hurt. In this four-volume set, information is provided in an objective manner to encourage students to think critically and to form their own opinions about this important topic.

Volume 1: Using Animals for Food

Volume 2: Using Animals for Research

Volume 3: Using Animals for Entertainment

Volume 4: Using Animals for Clothing

Grade 5

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
These four volumes explore the use of animals for food, research, entertainment, and clothing. The poignant photographs and descriptions of the conditions in which the animals live and die will certainly sensitize readers to their plight, but the rhetoric is never inflammatory. The language seems to better fit younger teens, particularly urban youth lacking familiarity with animal terminology. The dismal, crowded conditions to increase profits in agribusiness are well related, but the writer does not connect the cost of producing the animals to the consumer's cost, nor speculate whether the consumer is willing to pay more for improved conditions or products from organic farms. The question of whether humankind has the right to take an animal from the wild for entertainment is valid, but the idyllic picture of an animal in the wild under the shade of a tree or on a grassy plain, whose "only concern is [its] search for food and perhaps the welfare of [its] young," is certainly not realistic. Students will become aware of the problem of puppy mills, selection and care for laboratory animals, and the cruelty of trapping. Each volume repeats the differences between animal welfare proponents and animal rights activists with views from both perspectives, as well as from those who use the animals, with a concluding chapter on debating the issue. This topic is important, but this reviewer was a little disappointed. The photographs are the backbone of the work, but the depth of debate is shallow. The scientific explanations and definitions leave much to be desired, with inaccurate, incomplete, and misleading statements. These volumes will need to be supplemented with other sources, even for youngeryouth. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. 2002, Creative Media Applications/Greenwood, 512p. in 4 vols. PLB
— Marilyn Brien
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These discussions of practices and issues expand on Marc A. Bekoff and Carron A. Meaney's Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare (Greenwood, 1998) while aiming at a somewhat younger audience. In separate volumes, Trumbauer considers animals as food, as sources of clothing, as research subjects, and in "entertainment," which is broadly defined to include zoos and aquariums as well as films, races, circuses, breed competitions, and fights. She describes ways that animals are variously mistreated, mutilated, and neglected in matter-of-fact generalities rather than brutal or sensationalistic detail; similarly, the poorly reproduced black-and-white photos seldom, if ever, show anything overtly gruesome. Though she does not quote extensively from her sources, generous and largely distinct lists of books and Web sites close each volume. Mixing in accounts of individual incidents or cases with considerations of relevant practical, moral, and ethical issues, the author takes no personal stand, but does attempt to engage readers directly by repeatedly asking them to examine their own reactions and opinions. Equally suited for assignment use or for personal explorations of a tough and touchy subject, this set will be a valuable addition to all but the smallest reference collections.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313322457
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2002
Series:
Middle School ESL Ser.
Edition description:
Four Volume Set
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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