Animals Matter A Biologist's Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect (Paperback)
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|Nonhuman animals have many of the same feelings we do. They get hurt, they suffer, they are happy, and they take care of each other. Marc Bekoff, a renowned biologist specializing in animal minds and emotions, guides readers from high school age up--including older adults who want a basic introduction to the topic--in looking at scientific research, philosophical ideas, and humane values that argue for the ethical and compassionate treatment of animals. Citing the latest scientific studies and tackling controversies with conviction, he zeroes in on the important questions, inviting reader participation with "thought experiments" and ideas for action. Among the questions considered: Are some species more valuable or more important than others?Do some animals feel pain and suffering and not others? Do animals feel emotions?Should endangered animals be reintroduced to places where they originally lived?Should animals be kept in captivity?Are there alternatives to using animals for food, clothing, cosmetic testing, and dissection in the science classroom?What can we learn by imagining what it feels like to be a dog or a cat or a mouse or an ant?What can we do to make a difference in animals' quality of life? |
Bekoff urges us not only to understand and protect animals--especially those whose help we want for our research and other human needs--but to love and respect them as our fellow beings on this planet that we all want to share in peace.
Jane Goodall is the daughter of Mortimer Herbert, a businessman and race-car driver, and his wife, Myfanwe (or Vanne), a writer. She married Hugo van Lawick, a nature photographer, in 1964, whom she later divorced. In 1973 she married Derek Bryceson, a member of Tanzania's parliament and director of national parks, who died of cancer in 1980. She had one son, Hugo Eric Louis, with her first husband. Goodall grew up with an interest in animals and a desire to visit Africa one day. Following her high school graduation, she made the voyage and met the renowned paleontologist and anthropologist Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey, who offered her a job as an assistant. Despite her lack of solid credentials (she was a graduate of a secretarial school), Goodall was soon given an opportunity to engage in a six-month field study with the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream Reserve Centre in Tanzania, which she accepted (1960). This was the beginning of one of the longest studies of a particular animal species ever conducted. Goodall received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1965, lectured at Stanford University in the early 1970s, and in 1977, established the Jane Goodall Institute for wildlife preservation, study, and education. Goodall has starred in several National Geographic television specials on her work with chimpanzees, and she has received various grants and prizes, including the R. R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers (1987) for "THE CHIMPANZEES OF GOMBE: PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR.
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