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No Animals Were Harmed: The Controversial Line Between Entertainment and Abuse

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Investigative journalist Peter Laufer is back with his third book in a trilogy that explores the way we humans interact with animals. The attack of a trainer at Sea World by a killer whale in February 2010 is the catalyst for this examination of the controversial role animals have played in the human arenas of entertainment and sports.

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Hardcover, 258 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Lyons Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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C.S. Malerich
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I appreciate the author's genuine honesty and curiosity in exploring the question: when does the use of animals become the abuse of animals? Not exactly a comprehensive look at the way human society uses animals, but kind of a random, let's-see-where-this-takes-us approach that's a little frustrating if you're looking for a strong position or linear argument. Otherwise it's enjoyable and interesting. The author shows a lot of compassion for humans and other animals, and asks some very good quest ...more
Nancy
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book has the feel of a conversation with friends about the relationship between animals and man. The tone is civil even when Laufer is interviewing people with strong opinions. I think the draw of the book is eavesdropping on conversations with people you would never ordinarily talk with -- a heavily tattooed animal rights arsonist, a Cajun cock fighter, a woman dedicated to rescuing swans...

Laufer is not a disinterested observer or the passionate advocate. He describes his own eating habit
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Ann
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
As a former English teacher, I was distracted by the apparent lack of thesis in this book. The author doesn't really take a stand on what constitutes animal abuse and indeed, keeps changing his mind. I guess the main idea is that it is up to individuals to decide what is abusive.

As a former employee of the American Humane Association, I was distracted by the title, which is a trademark and program of the Association, not just a public domain phrase. The author interviews one of my former colleag
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Amanda
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: animal-rights
Why why why why are you eating fish at the end of the book?!?! GRRR. I appreciated all the research he did, and I learned a lot from that, but his stance on the subject is both wishy-washy and frustrating. And I thought this was supposed to be about animals in entertainment, but we ended up spending a lot of time on food and clothing and animal testing as well? very random, and again, frustrating.
Brittany
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’m giving it 1 star for effort and intent, but this book is really a mess. The author jumps around topics and is really disorganized. He also perseverates on cockfighting and cricket fighting and continues to bring it up throughout the book. Cockfighting should have ONE chapter, but why the hell is cricket fighting even in this book? It makes animal rights people look dumb—there is a hierarchy of animal abuse and cricket fighting is on the bottom of it. He also skips over many other animal abus ...more
Kathleen McFall
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
What’s the difference between enjoying a cockfight and munching down on crispy fried KFC?

In a nutshell, that’s the central question explored in the non-fiction book No Animals Were Harmed: The Controversial Line Between Entertainment and Abuse by Peter Laufer, PhD.

To amplify this: How can a person object to bloody cockfights and then turn around, sometimes literally on the very next corner, and eat up a piece of fried (or broiled, or baked, or whatever) chicken? The book is about more than jus
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Melissa
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very eye opening book on some of the abuse that animals must withstand while living amongest us. Laufer explores, quite well, our relationship with animals and the very fine line between entertainment and abuse. The story follows his travels to zoos, chicken farms, chicken fights, circuses and roadside zoo attractions, and the exotic animals that are found there. His question is never really answered as he explores these areas, but he does find people who genuinely care about animals a ...more
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Peter Laufer, Ph.D., is the author of more than a dozen books that deal with social and political issues, including "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq," "Wetback Nation: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border," and "Iron Curtain Rising: A Personal Journey through the Changing Landscape of Eastern Eurpoe." He is the coanchor of "The Peter Laufer Show" on radio station Gre ...more

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