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Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy Paperback – October 8, 2003
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His argument is compelling.
Scully takes us into the world of Safari Club where his disgust is apparent to us and likely to be shared by all decent people reading his description. He includes a chapter on the impotent, sad, joke that is the International Whaling Commission. His chapter on factory farming and slaughterhouses is no less hard-hitting; he describes a state of the art farm where he found sows wounded, sickly, and some dead, housed in tiny gestation crates, unable to move. He writes about slaughterhouses where production speeds make the stunning of all animals impossible to achieve; the result is that many animals, every day, are hacked up or dropped into scalding water kicking and screaming.
Though other areas of abuse may not receive whole chapters, most get some attention. We read about a horrifying mass dolphin slaughter and learn that a few animals, rather than being killed, are allowed "to live out their days at a place called Izumito Sea Paradise, delighting crowds with their tricks and play." We are told that baby elephants used in circuses and other exotic animals found in the pet trade are acquired in a similar fashion.Read more ›
Scully, a former Special Assistant and speech writer to President George W. Bush, surprises me first and foremost in that his background as a Republican is not something I would immediately associate with animal rights. Yet he clearly feels deeply about the subject, and that comes through loud and clear in this intricately detailed, impassioned examination of the ways we humans have abused our guardianship position and made animals into virtual slaves of our own needs, desires, passions and greed.
From the horrors of factory farming, where massive numbers of cows, sheep, pigs and veal calves are treated like machines to produce our food, to the disgusting antics of the wealthy hunters who pay tens of thousands of dollars to kill exotic wildlife, to the brutal slaughter of seal pups, lab animals, precious and rare elephants, and whales (called "living marine resources" by the men who clamor for more lethal means to kill them with), this book leaves no stone unturned in its unflinching look at the myriad ways humans mistreat other life forms. Scully also spends a lot of time countering the ridiculous arguments of religious leaders, scientists and even sportsmen that animals do not feel pain, have no souls, and therefore are ours to do with as we please.Read more ›
Matthew Scully fortunately is not in the same camp as the secularist philosopher, Peter Singer. Animals are not equal to us. The theistic contention that humans have dominion over the animal kingdom is also the author's position. They lack our intelligence and therefore find themselves unable to sufficiently thwart our will. Yet, isn't this a reason why we should go out of our way to be kind to these mostly helpless creatures? Why do so many religious adherents seem so indifferent to the unnecessary harm caused to these sentient members of the animal kingdom? Have many people loyal to the wisdom of the Old Testament misunderstood God's will in this matter?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For those of you who understand that our species is not more important than other species, and that their lives, families, feelings of pain, and emotions are as valid as any humans... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MadKate
Scully is not a typical animal rights / vegan activist. His roots in religion and politics provide formidable forces to be reckoned with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nancy P.
I went into this book with a narrow-mind. Knowing that it was written by a self-proclaimed religious, conservative author, I assumed I would not enjoy it. I was in fact wrong. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amanda
I find it interesting how many (including Christians) go to the Old Testament (Jewish Law)( which is written to understand how things happened up to the time Christ came to earth)... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jerry J. Townsend
I didn't like it for a personal reason and that is that it presented to my somewhat innocent mind images that belong in the Dante's Inferno fro animals.. Read morePublished 10 months ago by b.frances
Just started reading it.....emotionally hard to read but so well researched and written . Excellent info/facts for those of us who want to change what is happening to farm animals. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pamela Gruszka
It's been roughly 1 year and 3 months since I picked up Domionion at my local library. At the time, I was hardly looking to become vegetarian or vegan. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Zombie Jackal