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This is a great book 4 July 2007
By P. Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Why Animals Matter takes a realistic look at the ways in which we use animals in our society, how those uses often cause enormous suffering, and what we can each do about it. The point of the book isn't just to chronicle the multitude of ways in which animals are abused; it also shows that there's a better relationship we can have with these individuals who are at humanity's mercy. We can move from a human-animal relationship based on violence and exploitation toward one that's based on compassion and respect.

The authors deserve credit for not just focusing on animals with whom we're most familiar, such as dogs and cats. While dog and cat protection is certainly critical, by putting emphasis on the plight of animals raised for food (especially chickens), the authors make it clear that animal protection should be about all animals, even those with whom we're less familiar. (Although as is pointed out in the book, farm animals are every bit as intelligent and interesting as dogs and cats can be.) In fact, the chapter on animal agribusiness is the most powerful in the book, giving a sober and unflinching examination of each farm animal industry.

The book is worthwhile reading for animal advocates and newcomers to the topic alike.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 4 July 2007
By A. Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The way in which we treat animals is inconsistent, and the authors use common-sense explanations and examples in the heavily-footnoted book to illustrate this point. I have lived with companion animals, lavished them with treats and toys, spent thousands of dollars for their care, and suffered when they passed away. Why Animals Matter illustrates the hidden suffering of most animals with whom we share the earth. From farm animals, to wildlife, to laboratory animals, to companion animals, to animals used for fur - Why Animals Matter describes the industries that transform animals into food, sport, tools and clothing.

The environment and people also suffer from our mistreatment of animals. Why Animals Matter illustrates the degradation of our planet in our hunger for more and cheaper meat and the suffering of workers who are trapped by the industry, work in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, and are blocked from unionizing. It also details the environmental and social problems caused by other industries that profit from animals.

Why Animals Matter would be a great resource for schools, colleges, researchers, and students ... as well as people who simply want to learn more about animal protection. The book is well-organized, level-headed, and a good read.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive! 4 July 2007
By A. Akerlund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a person concerned with animal welfare, but not one who has read extensively about the subject, this book provided a great overview of the various industries involved, and how their actions affect animals, the environment, and social justice. Obtaining an advanced copy, I was impressed with the extensive footnoting (great for future reading!), and the case studies used to supplement the facts provided. I also appreciated the way the authors wrote in a reasonable, factual, straight-forward way about everything from factory farming to the pet industry. A great introduction to animal welfare, it even provides easy ways people can effect change for animals in their everyday lives. This book will open your eyes to things you never knew existed, and help you to help lessen the needless suffering of animals worldwide.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I felt empowered reading it 6 July 2007
By M. Greger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Why Animals Matter is full of information about the routine, systematic ways that animals are abused at the hands of the meat industry, fur trade, puppy mills, and more -- with a heavy emphasis on factory farms. It delivers an excellent overview of the suffering endured by billions of farm animals each year simply to satisfy the American appetite for cheap eggs, meat, and dairy products. Thanks to the stories of rescued animals, as well as the multitude of simple ways that everyone can help reduce animal suffering, the overall effect is one of inspiration -- it's easy to see that even with easy and enjoyable changes, we can make a huge improvement in the lives of animals.

Why Animals Matter is also ideal for people who are concerned about the environment and social justice. The authors heavily outline the way that factory farms -- and other industries that exploit animals -- devastate the environment and harm people. Overall, it's a compelling and accessible treatment of a critically-important social issue. Highly recommended.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A very accessible, riveting book 5 July 2007
By J. Camp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having read an advanced copy of Why Animals Matter, I was struck by how accessible and informative the book is. This should serve as a great primer to individuals looking to learn the basic of various animal welfare concerns and even to long-time animal advocates interested in getting an update on the modern day treatment of animals. Far from expressing a mood of hopeless despair, the book details numerous tangible victories that have recently been won for animals along with suggestions for ways in which each of us can play a role in creating a kinder wold with less suffering in it. Highly recommended.
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