"People who want to end animal exploitation sometimes are accused of being unscientific and uninformed. Marc Bekoff's Animals Matter is (and for a long time will remain) the gold standard when it comes to offering a scientific, informed response to these reckless charges. As Bekoff demonstrates, a scientifically informed understanding of who animals are supports their liberation from the hands of human tyranny."—Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights and Empty Cages
"Marc Bekoff is the wisest scientist I know, for he is the only expert who truly loves animals in the way that children are able to love animals, with all his heart. Listen to him. Read this book, give it to friends, celebrate this wonderful event."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of Altruistic Armadillos, Zenlike Zebras
"It's not every day that a world-class scientist tries to explain his ideas to a general audience. Marc Bekoff not only helps us to understand nature and animals, but also shows us how to love them."—Dale Jamieson, author of Ethics and the Environment
In an updated revision of the 2000 Strolling with Our Kin: Speaking for and Respecting Voiceless Animals, with an added author's preface, a foreword by Jane Goodall, a small glossary, and updated relevant print and online resources, Bekoff (The Emotional Lives of Animals) a specialist in animal behavior, cognitive ethology, and behavioral ecology, discusses topics pertinent to the animal-rights movement and differentiates between animal rights and animal welfare. Using relevant statistics to bolster his argument to treat animals with more respect, he addresses such themes as animal experimentation, the pros and cons of species reintroduction programs, and vegetarianism. Designed as a call to action for the young animal-rights activist, this book would make a nice addition for public libraries.