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Losing Paradise: The Growing Threat to Our Animals, Our Environment,

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The last decades of the twentieth century saw an unprecedented assault by humans on nature and animals throughout the world. Instead of moving toward a better world, we are now facing a tidal wave of ecological challenges that threatens to sweep away whatever progress we have achieved.

In this landmark book, author Paul G. Irwin presents an alarming look at what we have done—and continue to do—to animals, to our environment, and to ourselves. Losing Paradise first examines the ...

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Overview

The last decades of the twentieth century saw an unprecedented assault by humans on nature and animals throughout the world. Instead of moving toward a better world, we are now facing a tidal wave of ecological challenges that threatens to sweep away whatever progress we have achieved.

In this landmark book, author Paul G. Irwin presents an alarming look at what we have done—and continue to do—to animals, to our environment, and to ourselves. Losing Paradise first examines the beliefs that lie at the core of our destructive actions—beliefs that place humans above and against nature. It then details the results of these distorted values, including the cruel treatment of animals through factory farming, hunting, and trapping, and the destruction of our environment. But while Losing Paradise shows the damage we have done, it also shows the steps we can take to build a truly humane society and reclaim our wondrous natural world. Most important, it reminds us of the paradise this earth can be for all God’s creatures.

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Library Journal
Irwin is president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, and what he attempts to do in this book is laudable. By trying to show that willful devastation of any one part of the ecosystem will ultimately ruin the entire planet, he hopes to persuade readers to take action that will help avert potential disaster. Whether he succeeds in prompting the masses to act remains to be seen. However, Irwin does write persuasively of the need for a return to agriculture that is self-sustaining (e.g., ending "factory farms"), a recognition that hunting and trapping may not be feasible in the not-too-distant future, and a recognition within mainstream America that "what goes around comes around" environmentally. Undoubtedly, this book will spark discussion and, with any luck, broaden awareness of just how interconnected humans are with their environment. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Alicia Graybill, Lincoln City Libs., NE Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
NAPRA Review
This is scary stuff, but it's equally crucial to be able to face it and take action... The author offers hope for concerned citizens.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757000034
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul G. Irwin is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). He also serves as president of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, EarthVoice, the Center for Respect of Life and the Environment, the International Center for Earth Concerns, and Humane Society International.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Dedication
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART I THE INTRINSIC VALUE OF ANIMALS
1. Loving Animals for Their Own Sake
PART II THE THREAT TO OUR CIVILIZATION
2. Are We Killing Our Planet?
3. The Demise of American Agriculture
PART III OUR INHUMANE SOCIETY
4. Hunting--Sport or Slaughter
5. Trapping--Legalized Torture of Animals
6. Species Extinction and the Threat to Humanity
7. Sustainable Use or Unsustainable Slaughter?
PART IV HOW WE CAN SAVE THE ANIMALS AND OURSELVES
8. Towards a Humane Society
Notes
About the Author
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    One of the most chilling environmental books I have ever read.

    Makes the reader stop and think about the legacy we are leaving for our grandchildren. A book like this should open everyone's eyes to how we are despoiling the planet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    The most important environmental book in years

    Excellent book. Succinctly discusses and analyzes the truly global consequences of the impact of man on our planet. Doesn't just discuss current status of the environmental movement but goes further to offer tangible ideas and plans to save 'paradise', as the author puts it. Should be required reading for any who value the future of the planet.

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