Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos

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Combining stunning photos with a deeply moving essay, this book presents a passionate and unflinching exploration of zoos and what they teach us about animals, ourselves, and our relationship to the wild. This compelling work paints an unforgettable portrait not only of -life on the inside+, but of our views of the natural world and our place in it.

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Overview

Combining stunning photos with a deeply moving essay, this book presents a passionate and unflinching exploration of zoos and what they teach us about animals, ourselves, and our relationship to the wild. This compelling work paints an unforgettable portrait not only of -life on the inside+, but of our views of the natural world and our place in it.

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To counter most books being written about zoos that present zoos favorably, never questioning their very existence, activist Jensen and photographer Karen Tweedy-Holmes produce their examination of what zoos are and what their effect is on their animal inmates and the human animals who observe them. Jensen writes in a deliberately polemical style, challenging the reader with language that is in turn sarcastic and poetic but always urgent and angry: 'A zoo is a nightmare taking shape in concrete and steel.' Tweedy-Holmes’ photos, in stark black and white, are views of animals in obvious incarceration—bars or mesh often obscure the view; cement-formed pools, rocks, ledges, or walls predominate; doors, walls, and buildings hint at unnatural enclosures; and the animals are all obviously captive. Captions give the species and where they are found in the wild, though not which zoo is illustrated (photographer’s note at the end lists them). A good choice for presenting the other side in the moral debate about zoos.
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An impassioned argument for the dissolution of zoos... an intelligent, well-organized debate, written in a conversational tone that engages the reader while tackling a subject encompassing psychological, social, and environmental issues... (Jensen) writes with a conviction that leads readers to think deeply about what their own beliefs are about zoos.
Bill Maher
Finally, someone has the courage to question zoos. Animals in zoos are not ambassadors teaching us about the natural world, they're unwilling prisoners, teaching us how we as humans seem to need to dominate every living being on the planet. This is a brave book and a much needed voice on behalf of the animals.
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An impassioned argument for the dissolution of zoos... an intelligent, well-organized debate, written in a conversational tone that engages the reader while tackling a subject encompassing psychological, social, and environmental issues... (Jensen) writes with a conviction that leads readers to think deeply about what their own beliefs are about zoos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972838719
  • Publisher: Novoice Unheard
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 10.18 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Called the philosopher poet of the ecological movement, Derrick Jensen the author of nine books, including the acclaimed titles, A Language Older than Words and The Culture of Make Believe Photographer Karen Tweedy-Holmes, widely exhibited and published, is devoted to making black-and-white portraits of psychological depth and intensity. Her deepest interest is the animal world. Authors reside: Jensen - Northern California coast; Tweedy-Holmes - New York City
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