I came upon this book by accident. One of my coworkers volunteers at the local animal shelter and she had it. I asked what it was about and her description fascinated me.
I've always liked animals of pretty much any kind... except snakes. NOT FOND of snakes due to personal history. However, growing up, I asked for our first pet, a kitten they were giving away on the radio (it sounded like she needed me to take care of her), so I was the Cat Wrangler all the time we had her... and the other three that followed one upon the other.
Now I don't know if I understood my cats but I played with them - a lot, fed them, bathed them occasionally (with help, of course), brushed them and changed the litter box faithfully. We were tight, believe me. When they needed to be snuck in the basement bedroom window when it was cold out, I was their GO TO Guy. I can recall many a night as a kid falling asleep on my back with a purring cat tucked in the notch of my left armpit.
After reading this book, it made me wish I could go through it all again. I think I would be a better companion to them than I was simply because I would now understand their nature and how it was formed, what their needs are, and what truly makes a cat a happy being.
There are sections here on cows, chickens and pigs, and I wasn't sure if I would enjoy reading those parts. Well, once again I found out some things that will make me look into the history of the meat I'm consuming whether it be from my local grocer or the fast food joint or the full-on restaurant. I will try to patronize the places who insisted that the animals that come to them after their end have been treated with at least minimal dignity during their lives.
All people yearn to be respected, but it many cases they fail to pass that along to those they encounter, people or other living things. Once you read this book, you will have a different viewpoint on the animals and birds it talks about. You'll understand them a lot more than you did before.. and you'll be better for it.