Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 8/9/2011
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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"Everybody who is interested in the ethics of our relationship between humans and animals should read this book."--Temple Grandin, author of "Animals Make Us Human" Hal Herzog, a maverick scientist and leader in the field of anthrozoology offers a controversial, thought-provoking, and unprecedented exploration of the psychology behind the inconsistent and often paradoxical ways we think, feel, and behave towards animals. A cross between Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma "and Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, "in the words of Irene M. Pepperberg, bestselling author of "Alex & Me," " ""deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences."

Author Biography

Hal Herzog is recognized as one of the world's leading anthrozoologists. He is a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and lives in the Great Smoky Mountains with his wife Mary Jean.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Is It So Hard to Think Straight About Animals?p. 1
Anthrozoology: The New Science of Human-Animal Interactionsp. 15
The Importance of Being Cute: Why We Think What We Think About Creatures That Don't Think Like Usp. 37
Pet-O-Philia: Why Do Humans (and Only Humans) Love Pets?p. 67
Friends, Foes, And Fashion Statements: The Human-Dog Relationshipp. 97
"Prom Queen Kills First Deer On Sixteenth Birthday": Gender and the Human-Animal Relationshipp. 129
In The Eyes Of The Beholder: The Comparative Cruelty of Cockfights and Happy Mealsp. 149
Delicious, Dangerous, Disgusting, And Dead: The Human-Meat Relationshipp. 175
The Moral Status of Mice: The Use of Animals in Sciencep. 205
The Cats In Our Houses, The Cows On Our Plates: Are We All Hypocrites?p. 237
The Carnivorous Yahoo Within Ourselves: Dealing with Moral Inconsistencyp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Recommended Readingp. 285
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 327
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