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Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect Paperback – November 13, 2007
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"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
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Whatever your answers to these vague questions, it will probably involve some aspect of Emotion, and this book evaluates the emotional links that we share and that differentiate us all.
The author indicates emotion is especially significant in sharing experience, and in deciding with whom we share that experience. Almost no reasonable person would choose to abuse a human being of low intellectual capacity who looks at us with a trusting smile, and almost no one would sympathize with an intellectual equal who treats such a person with cold cruelty. Nevertheless, we often categorize other creatures by their emotional response to us, and often find we are amazingly wrong. The author suggests that when we expand our awareness, we are often more accurate and positively rewarded beyond our expectations. We can never treat animals as equals, but we can never degrade them without degrading ourselves. If we should discover creatures who are our technological and intellectual superiors, we should hope they will treat us better than we have treated other conscious creatures.
It's an interesting thesis, and it's interesting to think of the alternatives.
I think it's crucial that everyone consider the emotions and thoughts of species other than our own. The examples and cases presented seem to lead to only one conclusion.... Animals Matter - and books like this one matter, because through the author's efforts, a voice is given to the voiceless.
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Amazing book, very insightful. Gives us a good glimpse in the lives of animals. Marc Bekoff does it again!Published 3 months ago by M. Strain
EVERYONE SHOULD READ, BE INFORMED AND UNDERSTAND - WHY ANIMALS MATTER!!!!!!!!!!Published 16 months ago by Janet L.
The master of Animal's literature , a Biologist with a vast/huge experience this field . Strongly recommended for anyone ...Published on August 4, 2013 by Wolves
This book is AMAZING. Every paragraph has at least a quotable sentence. If you are an animal lover you are going to love it.Published on April 8, 2013 by Mariana Blanco Molina