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When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
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Nov 21, 07

bookshelves: non-fiction, 2007, animals, library
Recommended for: everyone! The lessons in this book are important!
Read in November, 2007

The argument in this book is that because animals have feelings, we ought to treat them better.
The argumentation takes form as various case stories which the author then analyzes and shows can be explained better if you take animal emotions into account than if you leave them out. To a certain extent, the author is successful in presenting this argument.
The book basically reads as a long emotional plea to other people to realize that animals are sentinent beings in their own right with their own feelings and desires and that we should treat them with respect. For me, various parts of the book made me smile and other parts made me feel ashamed to be human. It taught me things about animals I didn't know and reinforced my opinion, that if you just get to know them there are so much more hidden behind the fur than what you can see with just a glance.
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