Ranch of Dreams (2 Cassettes)

Ranch of Dreams (2 Cassettes)

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by Cleveland Amory
     
 
After reading "Black Beauty" as a child, Cleveland Amory dreamed that one day he would have a ranch where animals would not be abused, but would spend their days roaming proud and free. Now, the author of "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" shares the remarkable stories of the countless animals who have been saved from death's door at the Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas

Overview

After reading "Black Beauty" as a child, Cleveland Amory dreamed that one day he would have a ranch where animals would not be abused, but would spend their days roaming proud and free. Now, the author of "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" shares the remarkable stories of the countless animals who have been saved from death's door at the Black Beauty Ranch in East Texas, a sanctuary Amory himself founded. Simultaneous hardcover release from Viking. 2 cassettes (Nonfiction)

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Amory does more than adopt stray cats (see The Cat Who Came for Christmas); he has an entire ranch where abused or threatened animals find a haven.
Kirkus Reviews
Cruelty is disgusting, and Amory (The Best Cat Ever, 1993, etc.) paints it just so in this story of the haven he helped create for animals suffering from every rank and radius of human abuse.

By now Amory is perhaps better known for his advocacy of the decent treatment of animals than for his reviews in TV Guide, and his ranch in east Texas—Black Beauty Ranch, after the book chronicling the frightful abuse of the eponymous horse—is gaining a like reputation. There, animals are allowed to do as they please in a place they feel belongs to them (though ranch hands keep a weather eye out for them). Here Amory tells the stories of various animals and how they made their way to Black Beauty; the tales are by and large horrific, though most have happy endings. Amory is a wry companion whose aristocratic humor sparkles with a biting contempt for all those who would do harm to animals, from the US Navy, which allowed rare Andalusian goats to be shot for sport on one of its shelling ranges, to the National Park Service, with its cruel treatment of burros and buffalo, and the Bureau of Land Management, equally guilty in its handling of wild horses. He also gets in good clean digs at the much-heralded San Diego Zoo, where elephants are splayed and soundly beaten with ax handles if they prove too spunky. Not all is anecdotal as Amory includes an intelligent history of the horse, an explanation of brucellosis and how it relates to the shooting of buffalo that wander out of Yellowstone Park, and additional background information that makes supposedly "humane" extermination of animals look barbaric.

Amory's simple point—that our treatment of animals should be governed by the rules of common decency and respect—is stated convincingly, with brio and great dignity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140867190
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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