The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint
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The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint

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In this inspirational call to action, Marc Bekoff, the world’s leading expert on animal emotions, gently shows that improving our treatment of animals is a matter of rethinking our many daily decisions and “expanding our compassion footprint.” He demonstrates that animals experience a rich range of emotions, including empathy and compassion, and that they clearly know righ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by New World Library (first published December 1st 2009)
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Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
Just a quick review here: I like Bekoff, but this book is a general primer, an introduction to animal rights, and there are several places where he contradicts himself. We talked about this in our animal rights book group yesterday and the general consensus was that indeed this is not for hardened AR activists, and likely not for those into direct action. However, for Buddhists and other positive people who don't know much about animal rights I can recommend this book. It's written in a kind, co...more
The Animal Manifesto is a book that everyone should read to understand both their own and other animals psychology.

The Animal Manifesto talks about how animals think and how we are equals. The book has 6 chapters each just 6 reasons of why animals should be treated better. The Animal Manifesto proves (or at least makes a good argument) Human ignorance and selfishness. It gives examples of study's that show animal intelligence, emotions, and an understanding of what's going on around them.

I rec...more
In this thoughtful, optimistic, and compelling plea, Dr. Marc Bekoff argues that we need to "expand our compassion footprint" toward animals. This means showing gentleness and respect toward your dog, the squirrels in your backyard, the calves in the rodeo, the tuna in the ocean, and the elephants in the circus. Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Boulder and scholar-in-residence at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection, shares examples from a wide range of a...more
A great read for anyone who wants to create a more compassionate world for future generations.
In The Animal Manifesto, Bekoff explores reasons both scientific and emotional for why animals should be treated differently by society. As one who has been a long-time vegan and knowledgeable in the arena of non-human animal treatment around the world, this book really offered me nothing new. "Preaching to the choir" is pretty much the situation here. However, I do feel as though this may be a decent introduction for some, although I have no doubt maybe people would be turned off by Bekoff's sy...more
Ana Domingos
Mais um livro que acrescento à minha lista de favoritos. Bastante simples de compreender e de ler mas bastante directo na mensagem que pretende transmitir: temos de mudar urgentemente a forma como temos vindo a tratar os animais. Baseia-se em 6 razões principais para que o façamos:
1- Todos os animais partilham a Terra e temos de coexistir. O Homem tem vindo a invadir o espaço dos animais e não exita em eliminá-los com uma bala ou duas quando estes também o fazem, mesmo que essa seja a solução ma...more
Tempo de Ler

This book definitely makes us think about what we are doing ... and what we are allowing to do.
Showing human ignorance regarding animal intelligence, Bekoff wrote a book for the general reader - of all ages and both sexes - because we all live in this world and all, in one way or another, deal with animals.
Through amazing stories and studies that prove animals do think and can feel, Bekoff urges us to learn more about them, know their rights and, mo...more
Ali Baylor
Feb 26, 2013 Ali Baylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ali by: Karen Diane Knowles
Another great look at the mammal's point of view, including stories of different mammals that will make you realize that we are doing things cuch as animal experimentation, that no longer can be legitamized. For any reason. If fact, there are stories of science experiment that will shock you, done AFTER hemans have already determined the lack of usefulness of certain of the studies in any way. For example, the deprivation studies of monkeys by depriving them of parents as models for human depres...more
Not the most persuasive book, but certainly enlightening. I found Marc Bekoff to be repetitive at times, but the few powerful, resonating passages I read from the book made it worth it.
Utter garbage. The kind of hippy-trippy horseshit that lowers the collective intelligence of humanity on a page by page basis. I found myself becoming more and more angered by his sanctimonious "holier than thou" attitude. Bekoff is the kind of person who would keep a dangerous animal as a pet and end up being mauled to death because he truly believes that "it just wants to be my friend". I hope he climbs into a lion cage in an effort to prove his theories...
Kelsey Layos
I agree with the author's conclusions, but feel that the arguments he uses to get there are weak, depending on the audience.

I would have liked a much greater level of detail and research. There are plenty of citations at the back of the book, but in the body of the book relevant studies are summarized in a way I think highly oversimplified. The author relies more on intuition/emotion/anecdote, which I just don't find terribly persuasive.
Definitely not a book for anthropocentric people, but for me, it just opened my eyes to how terrible zoos are to animals. It also shows our interdependence to them, and kind of discouraged me from becoming a biologist... I don't want to kill animals :'(
Thought provoking. This book will definitely make me think more about my actions and how they impact animals, as well as stand up for them. I am definitely going to embrace an even more veggie lifestyle than I already do.
Great book, There's a lot of news on animal rights on the last years, interesting views from ethologist Marc Bekoff.
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