- Series: The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series
- Hardcover: 247 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2012 edition (February 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230249736
- ISBN-13: 978-0230249738
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Animals and Public Health: Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human Welfare (The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series) 2012th Edition
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'This is an excellent book. The message is one we all need to appreciate and the book is well written.' William Clifford Roberts, MD, Executive Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
Editor in Chief, The American Journal of Cardiology, USA
'[Aysha Akhtar's] emphasis on the connection between animal welfare and public health is innovative ... The book will be a leading work in this area of animal ethics.' -Tom Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA
'In this book Aysha Akhtar accomplishes what no other recent author has managed to do in a book on human health: provide a cogent and balanced argument for the importance of accepting the intimate relationship between humans and other animals for our own health, that of other animals, and of the planet. The wonder of this book is that Akhtar is able to effectively combine a wealth of scientific information with arguments for compassion for other animals. In doing so, she elegantly shows that concerns for the welfare of humans and other animals are not at odds, but, rather, one and the same issue. We are all in this together.' - Lori Marino, Emory University, USA
'Dr. Akhtar's theme is that unless we improve our treatment of non-human animals, we humans will never find good health. How we treat animals impacts our own welfare. She indicates that there is a connection between cruelty toward animals and violence toward humans. Those who abuse non-human animals also tend to abuse humans, particularly women and children. The growing worldwide demand to eat flesh (meat) is also having an effect. Shipping animals and their parts around the globe for entertainment, for fur and food has produced dangerous epidemics in humans. Factory farms pollute our land, water, and air. Using animals in experimentation has led to serious illnesses in humans. Despite the link between human and non-human animal welfare and health, animal welfare issues infrequently have been discussed in public forum. When the subject of animals does enter discussions on human health, it is usually to highlight how animals are sources of infection and injuries to humans, rather than the importance of animal protection in general. Traditionally, these fields have been either largely apathetic to animal suffering or they see animal protection as being in opposition to the goal of human protection. Her book demonstrates that we do not need to think this way and that in fact animal welfare promotes human welfare. This is an excellent book. The message is one we all need to appreciate and the book is well written.' - William Clifford Roberts, MD, Executive Director, Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute
Editor in Chief, The American Journal of Cardiology, USA
'Aysha Akhtar's book presents a rich, stimulating, and provocative body of material on one of the most important and understudied moral problems in the modern world. Her emphasis on the connection between animal welfare and public health is innovative and makes a substantial contribution to the available literature. The book will be a leading work in this area of animal ethics.' -Tom Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy and Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA
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As a physician with a PhD in microbiology, I find Dr. Akhtar's book a must read for all those in the frontier of Responsible research and medicine, as well as for those involved in humane education.
Anyway, I am a very open minded person but must admit have been pretty resolutely in the camp of "humans are at the top for a reason". As I said, I am open minded but the normal arguments in favor of better treatment for animals really flies in the face of the fact that to harvest animals for food, clothing, medical testing etc is really a horribly brutal Business (note the big B because it is not a matter of organic family farms but I accepted that) and if you are for it, you need to accommodate your feelings to accept this.
That being said however, I have come to a very different if very complicated understanding and conclusion after reading Dr. Akhter's book. Its actually almost painful because I now have to re-assess many things that I thought I had moved past in terms of animals. In some ways, I wish I hadnt read the book but the book is a pretty compelling page turner and in truth it elevated some of my own concerns that I thought i had put to rest. I think the book accomplishes this because it is not preaching and Dr. Akhtar shows her obvious understanding of the linkages between our treatment of animals and our own well being as individual humans and as a society.
My goal now is to try and get a few friends to read the book because it is a game changer in terms of realigning your thinking in a very concrete way to other goals you may have regarding your health, the environment, and society but which you realize are not going to materialize unless there is some compelling action that is very contrary to what you have become accustomed to.
Great book Dr. Akhtar and will be looking for more from you. Thank you.
P. Erin Slabbstofu