Sunday, December 26, 2010

Even More Books

The No-Nonsense Guide to Animal Rights (No-Nonsense Guides)
by Catharine Grant 
Today animals need protecting more than ever: those bred for laboratories, zoos, and hunting, and also those reared intensively on farms. And out in the wild, animals are losing their habitats to environmental exploitation.
Dispelling the myth that the protection of animals’ rights is a modern, Western concern, this No-Nonsense Guide to Animal Rights explains the key issues, charts the growth of the animal rights movement, and looks at the welfare and protection laws. And it includes a practical day-to-day guide to what individuals can do to minimize exploitation.

Animal Liberation: A Graphic Guide (Graphic guides)
by Peter Singer and Lori Gruen Illustrated by David Hine
Basic introduction to animal liberation supplemented by  illustrations and comics.

The Boundless Circle: Caring for Creatures and Creation
by Michael W. Fox
The latest work by Fox, a bioethicist, veterinarian, and vice-president of the Humane Society of the United States, is first and foremost about the intrinsic moral rights of animals and nature. Fox examines the roots of human dominion over the natural world in Western society, tracing the exploitation of animals to the influence of Christianity, scientific materialism, and Darwinian biology. This link, while not original, does lay the foundation for Fox's introduction of the concept of pantheism as a philosophical model of how humans should interact with nature. Pantheism, a blend of St. Francis of Assisi's sacramentalist doctrine and transcendental monotheism, contains a mystical thread that flows through most major religions, stating that it is not God that inhabits the world but the world that inhabits God. Fox concludes that "respecting other living beings and conserving Nature is enlightened self-interest?a spiritual and survival imperative" for 21st-century humankind. The only drawback to this thoughtful book is that an index was not included. Highly recommended for academicians, activists, and general readers.?Susan Maret, Auraria Lib., Univ. of Colorado, Denver

Biology, Ethics, and Animals (already on list, but previously without description)
by Rosemary Rodd
This book utilizes both philosophical and biological approaches to address the various attitudes in the debate over animal rights. Rodd justifies ethical concern within a framework that is firmly grounded on evolutionary theory, and provides detailed discussion of practical situations in which ethical decisions have to be made. For moral philosophers, the book offers a biological background to the ethical questions involved. Biologists will find that it provides an approach to the ethics of animal rights which is rooted in biological theory. This much-needed volume will be an invaluable guide to anyone who is concerned with animal welfare.

Earth Ethics: Introductory Readings on Animal Rights, & Environmental Ethics
by James P. Sterba
This anthology contains numerous up-to-date, well-related readings on animal rights/animal liberation and environmental ethics—in addition to current topics such as ecological feminism, and practical applications. Approaching its subjects through a set of opposing readings shows the strength and weaknesses of various alternative positions. Readings cover the topics of Judeo-Christian Perspectives, Respect for Nature, The Land Ethic/Deep Ecology, Reconciliation and Defense, Social Ecology and Environmental Racism, and NonWestern Religious and Cultural Perspectives. For individuals concerned about the environment and the non-humans who inhabit it.
Prentice Hall 390 Pages isbn-10: 013014827X, isbn-13: 9780130148278
Animals Property & The Law
by Gary Francione
"Pain is pain, irrespective of the race, sex, or species of the victim," states William Kunstler in his foreword. This moral concern for the suffering of animals and their legal status is the basis for Gary L. Francione's profound book, which asks, Why has the law failed to protect animals from exploitation? Francione argues that the current legal standard of animal welfare does not and cannot establish rights for animals. As long as they are viewed as property, animals will be subject to suffering for the social and economic benefit of human beings. Exploring every facet of this heated issue, Francione discusses the history of the treatment of animals, anticruelty statutes, vivisection, the Federal Animal Welfare Act, and specific cases such as the controversial injury of anaesthetized baboons at the University of Pennsylvania. He thoroughly documents the paradoxical gap between our professed concern with humane treatment of animals and the overriding practice of abuse permitted by U.S. Law Temple University Press 274 Pages isbn-10: 1566392845, isbn-13: 9781566392846
Arguments about Animal Ethics
by Greg Goodale
This book utilizes both philosophical and biological approaches to address the various attitudes in the debate over animal rights. Rodd justifies ethical concern within a framework that is firmly grounded on evolutionary theory, and provides detailed discussion of practical situations in which ethical decisions have to be made. For moral philosophers, the book offers a biological background to the ethical questions involved. Biologists will find that it provides an approach to the ethics of animal rights which is rooted in biological theory. This much-needed volume will be an invaluable guide to anyone who is concerned with animal welfare. Lexington Books 262 Pages isbn-10: 0739142984, isbn-13: 9780739142981

Recognizing the Intrinsic Value of Animals: Beyond Animal Welfare (Animals in Philosophy and Science)

Edited by Marcel Dol, Martje Fentener Van Vlissingen, Soemini Kasanmoentalib, Thijs Visser, and Hub Zwart

This volume contains a philosophical review of the ethical evaluation of animals in terms of intrinsic value, as well as a series of efforts to apply this concept to relevant fields of interest (e.g. domestic animals, biotechnology, wild life, research on animals, intensive breeding). Different point of views are represented and different dilemmas are explored.   Contents: Part I Intrinsic value of animals in public policy of development in the Netherlands: 1 The use of "intrinsic value of animals" in the Netherlands; 2 Intrinsic value and the struggle against anthropocentrism; Part II Intrinsic value of animals: ethical issues: 3 Inherent worth and respect for animal integrity; 4 Intrinsic value and species-specific behaviour; 5 Incompatibility of intrinsic value with genetic manipulation; 6 Bio-ethics and the intrinsic value of animals; Part III Intrinsic value: the philosophical issues: 7 Intrinsic Value or Intrinsic Valuing?; Part IV The application of the concept of intrinsic value: the case of animal research: 8 Intrinsic value of animals used for

Animals, Politics, and Morality
by Robert Garner
This is an extensively re-written second edition of a well regarded and much cited text on the issue of animal protection. It remains the only text to combine an examination of the philosophy and politics of the issue. Its central argument is that the philosophical debate is central to an understanding and evaluation of the substantive issues involving animals and the nature of the movement for change. The book has been thoroughly revised to include major theoretical and empirical developments. Specifically, the "second generation" of animal ethics literature is examined in detail, and attention is paid to the campaigns and public controversy over the export of live animals and the use of animals in research, the impact of genetic engineering on the welfare of animals and the latest developments in the controversy over hunting. (2004).

Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters
by Leslie Irvine
When disasters strike, people are not the only victims. Hurricane Katrina raised public attention about how disasters affect dogs, cats, and other animals considered members of the human family. In this short but powerful book, noted sociologist Leslie Irvine goes beyond Katrina to examine how disasters like oil spills, fires, and other calamities affect various animal populations—on factory farms, in research facilities, and in the wild. Filling the Ark argues that humans cause most of the risks faced by animals and urges for better decisions about the treatment of animals in disasters. Furthermore, it makes a broad appeal for the ethical necessity of better planning to keep animals out of jeopardy. Irvine not only offers policy recommendations and practical advice for evacuating animals, she also makes a strong case for rethinking our use of animals, suggesting ways to create more secure conditions. The hopeful message of Filling the Ark is that once we realize how we make animals vulnerable to disasters we can begin to question and change the practices that put them at risk.  This book will make a significant contribution to the field of animals and society and to the literature on animal welfare. Temple University Press (2009)

Animal and Human Health and Welfare: A Comparative Philosophical Analysis
By L. Nordenfelt
For many years scientists within human and animal science have extensively discussed the philosophy of medicine, but never have both sides communicated on their concepts of health, quality of life and welfare, with each other.   This book helps clarify the difficult but central notions of health and welfare by comparing the human and animal variants of these concepts.   Split into three parts this book starts by presenting a background of some of the major theories of human health and welfare, among these are the bio-statistical theory, classical theories such as Aristotle and Bentham, as well as objectivist and subjectivist contemporary theories.   This is followed by a detailed discussion of theories on animal welfare and health: these include coping, feeling and preference theories.   The final part of the book tests a comprehensive conceptual framework of a holistic kind, which focuses on the individual's ability to achieve its vital goals.   Table of Contents: Some Theories of Human Health and Welfare; An Overview of Historical Conceptions of Human Health;  A Starting-point: Two Modern Streams of Philosophy of Human Health and Disease; The Place of Evolutionary Theory in the Philosophy of Health and Welfare; Two Classic Theories of Human Welfare; A Background to the Analysis of Welfare or Quality of Life in the Human Sciences; Some Contemporary Theories of Human Welfare or Quality of Life; Theories of Animal Health and Welfare; Ideas on Animal Health; Some Examples of Ideas on Animal Welfare; Biological Theories of Animal Welfare; Theories of Welfare, Ethics and Values; Theories of Welfare in Terms of Subjective Well-Being; On Animal Minds: A Digression; On Quality of Life in Animals; The Idea of Welfare as Fulfillment of Preferences; Theories of Welfare in Terms of Needs; Theories of Welfare in Terms of Natural Behaviour; On Complex Views of Animal Welfare; On Conflicts Between Individual and Systemic Welfare; Welfare and Time; Summing up the Analysis; A Holistic Approach to Animal Health and Welfare; Towards a Holistic Theory of Health in Animal Science; Towards a Happiness Theory of Welfare in the Animal Context; Appendix: On Amartya Sen's theory of functionings and capabilities.

Animal Consciousness and Animal Ethics: Perspectives from The Netherlands
By Dols, Marcel; Kasanmoentalib, Soemini; Lijmbach, Susanne; Rivas, Esteban & van den Bos, Ruud

This book contains 15 contributions from The Netherlands on animal consciousness and animal ethics.   The author's disciplines range widely, from psychology, ethology, philosophy, to ethics.   Issues in the difficult, but exciting area of animal consciousness and animal ethics are discussed.   The main question of the first, philosophical part of this book concerns the concept of consciousness in general, and animal consciousness in particular, and the way to acquire knowledge of conscious animal experiences.   The second, scientific part covers the area of ethology and neuroscience. In this part experimental and theoretical approaches to animal consciousness, animal experiences, and their implications for animal welfare are discussed.   The last part covers the area of animal ethics.   In this part the questions are dealt with whether and how our treatment of animals should be based on animal experiences, or whether other starting points and concepts are needed to give direction to and substantiate humane treatments of animals.
.   264 pages.  This is the First book in a Series called "Animals in Philosophy and Science". 

What Animals Want: Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy
By Larry Carbone
What Animals Want is the result of extensive research conducted by the author to discover what determines how we view laboratory animals and why policies concerning their care have developed as they have.  This book is an outstanding contribution in the field of animal welfare.   Table of Contents: 1 Introduction: What animals want; 2 Life in the animal laboratory; 3 Animal Welfare: Philosophy meets science; 4 A rat is a pig: The significance of species; 5 Performance Standards: How big is your guinea pig's house?; 6 Centaurs and Science: The professionalization of laboratory animal care and use; 7 The problem of pain; 8 The animal advocates; 9 Death by decapitation: A case study; 10 Dog walkers and monkey psychiatrists; 11 A look to the future.
: 304 pages.   20 halftones.

Wolves and Human Communities: Biology, Politics, and Ethics

Edited by Virginia Sharpe, Bryan G. Norton, and Strachan Donnelley
Like wolf restoration activities in the West, the proposal to reintroduce wolves into the Adirondacks has generated intense public debate. The idea of returning top predators to settled landscapes raises complicated questions on issues ranging from property rights to wildlife management to obligations to present and future generations.
Wolves and Human Communities brings together leading thinkers and writers from diverse fields-including Timothy Clark, Daniel Kemmis, L. David Mech, Mary Midgley, Ernest Partridge, Steward T.A. Pickett, Joseph Sax, Rodger Schlickeisen, and others-to address the complex ethical, biological, legal, and political concerns surrounding wolf reintroduction. Contributors specifically explore the social, cultural, and ecological values that come into play in the debate, as they examine:
  • the views of stakeholders in the Adirondack decision
  • historical trends in public perception of restoration
  • the legal and policy context for species preservation, and the challenges to the current system of property law
  • biological and political lessons learned from Yellowstone, Isle Royale, and the Great Lakes states
  • the meaning of wildness, both in ourselves and the wolf
The final chapter by Niles Eldredge takes the point of view of evolutionary time and ecological scale, challenging us to develop a new consciousness regarding our position in the natural world.
Wolves and Human Communities offers a thought-provoking examination of interactions between human and wild communities, and represents an important contribution to debates over species reintroduction for policymakers, researchers, ecologists, sociologists, lawyers, ethicists, philosophers, and local residents.

ETHICS on the ARK (Zoo & Aquarium Biology & Conservation)

Edited by Bryan G. Norton , Michael Hutchins , Elizabeth F. Stevens, and Terry L. Maple
Ethics on the Ark presents a passionate, multivocal discussion—among zoo professionals, activists, conservation biologists, and philosophers—about the future of zoos and aquariums, the treatment of animals in captivity, and the question of whether the individual, the species, or the ecosystem is the most important focus in conservation efforts. Contributors represent all sides of the issues. Moving from the fundamental to the practical, from biodiversity to population regulation, from animal research to captive breeding, Ethics on the Ark represents an important gathering of the many fervent and contentious viewpoints shaping the wildlife conservation debate.

Zoos and Animal Rights: The Ethics of Keeping Animals
by Stephen St C. Bostock
Zoos and animal rights seem utterly opposed to each other. In this controversial and timely book, Stephen Bostock argues that they can develop a more harmonious relationship. He examines the diverse ethical and technical issues involved, including human cruelty, human domination over animals, the well-being of wild animals outside their natural habitat, and the nature of wild and domestic animals. In his analysis, Bostock draws attention to the areas which give rise to misconceptions. This book explores the long history of zoos, as well as current philosophical debates, to argue for a conservational view of their role in the modern world. Anyone concerned with humanity's relationship with other animals and the natural world will find this to be thought-provoking and rewarding reading.

THE MOST NOBLE DIETFood Selection and Ethics
bu George Eisman, RD Foreword by Michael Klaper, MD
Choices for a healthy life that minimize disturbance to ecosystems, are sensitive to the needs of others, and that do not inflict harm on animals. Nutritional guidelines and recipes included. A noted educator integrates geography and nutrition in this worldwide view. Revised 4th Edition 1994, with A. Green, PhD & M. Ball, MS. 5½x8½" 118 pages $9.95

OUT OF THE JUNGLE The Way of Dynamic Harmlessness
by H. Jay Dinshah
Easy reading, concise document defining Ahimsa, Reverence for Life, Veganism, etc. in a holistic, dynamic, and practical everyday context. A foundation of moral standards for creating a compassionate world through the daily practice of veganism and ahimsa. This clear vision of the right way inspires a duty to follow. Challenging and tolerant. 5th Edition 1995, 6x9" 96 pages

HERE'S HARMLESSNESS An Anthology of Ahimsa
Edited by H. Jay Dinshah
18 authors Views on harmless living from Eva Batt Why Veganism?, Muriel Lady Dowding Beauty Without Cruelty, and Cooperation, Catherine Nimmo Why Are the Animals Here?, Roshan Dinshah Peace and Harmony, Kuniyasu Daifuku Sane and Sensible Living, C.J. vanVliet Vanquishing the Serpent, Dugald Semple Living the Simple Life, Rubin Abramowitz Autobiography of a Vegan, Kenneth Dalziel O'Brien The Garden of Ahimsa (veganic), Fred Whittle Brotherhood and Understanding, Freya Dinshah Getting More Out of Life, Trisha Bell My New Life of Harmlessness, and Drugs in Retrospect, Frey Ellis Non-Violence and Conscious Evolution, H. Jay Dinshah To Tell the Truth, and Priorities, Victoria Moran A Matter of Timing, Tom Regan Vegetarianism and Friendship, George Eisman Nobility of Diet, Michael Klaper Into the Light. 5th Edition 1993, 6x9" 96 pages

BEING VEGAN Living with Conscience, Conviction, and Compassion
by Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd
This acclaimed online columnist answers questions about vegan philosophy, ethical practice, relationships, eating at home and away. Vegan options for clothing, personal care, commodities, and food are discussed. A well-researched book; knowledge is tempered with reason. Practical advice for all. 2000, 6x9" 14 pages, $16.95

by Victoria Moran, Introduction by Michael Klaper, MD
First published in serial form 1981-1983, this examination of the roots of veganism is a classic. Research into the background of the vegan movement draws heavily on interviews with British vegans of the time who explain what veganism means to them, and answer how-to questions. Moran's survey of compassion in action impacts on humans and animals: nutrition, health, hunger, ecology, wildlife, and peace. A small book with a great message and historical significance. 4th Edition 1997, 6x9" 108 pages  

People, Property, or Pets? (New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond

Edited by Marc D. Hauser, Fiery Cushman, and Matthew Kamen
A child can't be owned, but parents are legally responsible for their child's care. A painting and a dog can be owned; both fall under the jurisdiction of the law and in particular, property rights. But why should a dog, man's best friend, an animal with a mind and emotions, fall under the same category as a painting? How could the law be so foolish? Requiring legal guardianship for animals would have radical consequences for how we live our lives.

Compassion, by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare

By F. Bailey Norwood and Jayson L. Lusk
For much of human history, most of the population lived and worked on farms but today, information about livestock is more likely to come from children's books than hands-on experience. When romanticized notions of an agrarian lifestyle meet with the realities of the modern industrial farm, the result is often a plea for a return to antiquated production methods. The result is a brewing controversy between animal activist groups, farmers, and consumers that is currently being played out in ballot boxes, courtrooms, and in the grocery store. Where is one to turn for advice when deciding whether to pay double the price for cage-free eggs, or in determining how to vote on ballot initiates seeking to ban practices such as the use of gestation crates in pork production or battery cage egg production? At present, there is no clear answer. What is missing from the animal welfare debate is an objective approach that can integrate the writings of biologists and philosophers, while providing a sound and logical basis for determining the consequences of farm animal welfare policies. What is missing in the debate? Economics. This book journeys from the earliest days of animal domestication to modern industrial farms. Delving into questions of ethics and animal sentience, the authors use data from ingenious consumers' experiments conducted with real food, real money, and real animals to compare the costs and benefits of improving animal care. They show how the economic approach to animal welfare raises new questions and ethical conundrums, as well as providing unique and counter-intuitive results.

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