Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight about Animals

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight about Animals

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by Hal Herzog, Mel Foster
     
 

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Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can we learn from biomedical research with mice? Who enjoys a better quality of life-the chicken on a dinner plate or a rooster who dies in a Saturday night cockfight? Why is it wrong to eat the family dog? Drawing on over two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology-the science

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Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can we learn from biomedical research with mice? Who enjoys a better quality of life-the chicken on a dinner plate or a rooster who dies in a Saturday night cockfight? Why is it wrong to eat the family dog? Drawing on over two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology-the science of human-animal relations-Hal Herzog offers surprising answers to these and other questions related to the moral conundrums we face day in and day out regarding the creatures with whom we share our world.Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human-animal relations, based on Herzog's groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers. Blending anthropology, history, brain science, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative enriched with real-life anecdotes, scientific research, and his own sense of moral ambivalence.Alternately poignant, challenging, and laugh-out-loud funny, Herzog's enlightening and provocative book will forever change the way we look at our relationships with other creatures and, ultimately, how we see ourselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
How rational are we in our relationship with animals? A puppy, after all, is "a family member in Kansas, a pariah in Kenya, and lunch in Korea". An animal behaviorist turned one of the world's foremost authorities on human-animal relations, Herzog shows us, in this readable study, how whimsical our attitudes can be. Why do we like some animals but not others? One answer seems to be that babylike features like big eyes bring out our parental and protective urges. (PETA has started a campaign against fishing called "Save the Sea Kittens)." Research has shown that the human brain is wired to think about animals and inanimate objects differently, and Herzog reveals how we can look at the exact same animal very differently given its context--most Americans regard cockfighting as cruel but think nothing of eating chicken, when in reality gamecocks are treated very well when they are not fighting, and most poultry headed for the table lead short, miserable lives and are killed quite painfully. An intelligent and amusing book that invites us to think deeply about how we define--and where we limit--our empathy for animals. (Sept.)
BookPage
“Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is both educational and enjoyable, a page-turner that I dare say puts Herzog in the same class as Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis. Read this book. You’ll learn some, you’ll laugh some, you’ll love some.”
Associated Press Staff
“A fun read. . . . What buoys this book is Herzog’s voice. He’s an assured, knowledgeable and friendly guide.”
Karen Sandstrom
“Wonderful. . . . An engagingly written book that only seems to be about animals. Herzog’s deepest questions are about men, women and children.”
Steven Pinker
“A fascinating, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of a major dimension of human experience.”
Arnold Arluke
“An instant classic….Written so accessibly and personally, while simultaneously satisfying the scholar in all of us.”
Irene M. Pepperberg
“Hal Herzog deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences. In an utterly appealing narrative, he reveals the quirky…ways we humans try to make sense of these absurdities.”
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
“One of a kind. I don’t know when I’ve read anything more comprehensive about our highly involved, highly contradictory relationships with animals, relationships which we mindlessly, placidly continue no matter how irrational they may be….This page-turning book is quite something—you won’t forget it any time soon.”
Sam Gosling
“Hal Herzog does for our relationships with animals what Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma did for our relationships with food….The book is a joy to read, and no matter what your beliefs are now, it will change how you think.”
Robert M. Sapolsky
“This is a wonderful book—wildly readable, funny, scientifically sound, and with surprising moments of deep, challenging thoughts. I loved it.”
From the Publisher
"Insightful, compassionate and humorous." —Kirkus
Temple Grandin
“Everybody who is interested in the ethics of our relationship between humans and animals should read this book.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400169214
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Karen Sandstrom
“Wonderful. . . . An engagingly written book that only seems to be about animals. Herzog’s deepest questions are about men, women and children.”
Robert M. Sapolsky
“This is a wonderful book—wildly readable, funny, scientifically sound, and with surprising moments of deep, challenging thoughts. I loved it.”
From the Publisher
"Insightful, compassionate and humorous." —-Kirkus
Steven Pinker
“A fascinating, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of a major dimension of human experience.”
Sam Gosling
“Hal Herzog does for our relationships with animals what Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma did for our relationships with food….The book is a joy to read, and no matter what your beliefs are now, it will change how you think.”
Irene M. Pepperberg
“Hal Herzog deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences. In an utterly appealing narrative, he reveals the quirky…ways we humans try to make sense of these absurdities.”
Arnold Arluke
“An instant classic….Written so accessibly and personally, while simultaneously satisfying the scholar in all of us.”
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
“One of a kind. I don’t know when I’ve read anything more comprehensive about our highly involved, highly contradictory relationships with animals, relationships which we mindlessly, placidly continue no matter how irrational they may be….This page-turning book is quite something—you won’t forget it any time soon.”

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Meet the Author

Mel Foster, an audiobook narrator since 2002, won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey. He has also won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Best known for mysteries, Mel has also narrated classic authors such as Thoreau, Nabokov, and Whitman.

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Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
drmpdx More than 1 year ago
We are all involved in the "love, hate, eat" relationship with animals. This book will take you on a page turning journey into the intricacies, contridictions, and moral delimmas posed by human animal relations. It provides cutting edge science presented in a highly readable, many times humorous, non-academic fashion. Fun, fascinating, and provocative.
MeghanV More than 1 year ago
This book changed the way i thought about food, baffled my entire family on the inconsistancies of humans, the belyaev fox experiments, the notion of going vegan... i think the most memorable part of the book for me was one vegan saying that the thought of eating animals sounded like 'snacking on the burning flesh wound' of an animal. Really makes every thing seem gross and fleshy. This book changed my college major.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Though there was a lot in this book I already knew, reading Herzog's excellent and insightful observations page after page nevertheless came as one shock after another. You quickly realize while reading this book that our relationships with animals is ingrained in everyone's daily lives, not just for those who keep pets. The author shares funny and sad stories and everyday experiences of people he's met and interviewed over the years. Herzog writes in engaging prose about the ethical dilemmas faced by meat-eating vegetarians, animal-lovers who work in mice laboratories, the horrific life of factory-farmed chickens, the surprisingly idyllic life of fighting roosters preparing for bloody battle, and many other stories that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing, and sometimes heartbreaking. This book is a total game-changer in the world of human-animal relationships. Everyone who loves animals, hates animals, or eats animals, should read this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book & gets you thinking a lot about human-animal interactions. May even change your mind about a few things. From sea turtles to cock fighting, vegetarians to meat eaters, animal enthusiasts to anmial hoarders and science reseachers - this book will take you into a whole other level of thinking about our interactions with animals. The author writes like he's talking to you personally with stories and statistics that will make you laugh,cry,and wonder. "What new science reveals is that our attitudes, behaviors,and relationships with animals in our lives - the ones we love, the ones we hate, and the ones we eat - are, likewise, more complicated than we thought."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is ok, but I expected more information, not just the author's "friends" thoughts
grateful65 More than 1 year ago
Well-written, insightful and often humorous look at how we (mainly Western society) feel about animals. A must-read for anyone struggling with ethical questions such as "should I be a vegan?" or "should we perform medical testing on animals?" Not political, no sides are taken. But you will think about questions raised in this book long after you finish it.
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Nathan Szerdy More than 1 year ago
A very well written look at how humans view animals. It focuses on how our thoughts on animals are often inconsistent, based on emotions not logic. Very unbiased, with no political agenda. Very witty and easy to read writing style.