Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect

Marc Bekoff, Author, Jane Goodall, Foreword by Shambhala Publications $14 (160p) ISBN 978-1-59030-522-5
Animal behaviorist and biologist Bekoff follows his most recent in-depth work, The Emotional Life of Animals, with another well-written, more generalist argument for responsible behavior toward animals of all kinds. A revised and updated edition of his 2000 Strolling with Our Kin, an introduction for young readers to ethical issues relating to the use of animals, the writing still feels aimed at younger readers, but the new elements include an excellent review of current debates regarding animal sentience, animal relocation efforts and medical school dissection and vivisection. He also offers the evidence that ""zoos actually do little to increase biodiversity,"" failing both to advocate for conservation and in their attempts to reintroduce captive animals into the wild. This levelheaded brief for animal rights deserves to be read by people of all ages, from teens and 20-somethings turned on to animal activism by vegetarian pop stars like Moby, to parents, teachers and other adults with the hope that they will ""make more responsible decisions after reading this book and discussing the issues with family and friends.""
Reviewed on: 11/12/2007
Release date: 11/01/2007
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