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The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for The Animals We Love

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Now in paperback–the ten things we must do to ensure a safe and peaceful world, from legendary environmentalist Jane Goodall and brilliant animal behaviorist, Marc Bekoff.

Combining her life's work living among the chimpanzees with her spiritual perspective on the relationship between humans and animals, legendary behavioral scientist Jane Goodall sets forth ten trusts that
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by HarperOne (first published October 8th 2002)
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Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jane Goodall is one of my heroes. I think this book should be required reading for every human being -- imagine a world where humans aren't the "most important" beings just because they have the power to control all the others. Animals deserve much better than they're getting from our species. Don't get me started.... ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must reader for every animal lover and advocate of animal rights. Not only will we have a clearer grasp of the animal world in reading it, but it will probably make us all more human as well.
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Quitting this book just into the second chapter. I can't take these continuous descriptions of horrid animal abuse. I understand that her point is to make people aware of what animals go through, but I am well aware. I can't take reading about it. ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the books that inspired me to become a vegetarian. Loved it!
Kate Lawrence
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal-issues
Goodall, along with co-author Marc Bekoff, begins by relating true stories of clever and caring animal behavior, such as extrasensory (to us)perception, astounding migration over great distances, saving the lives of humans or individuals of other species. She follows this up with a review of issues relating to animal cruelty: medical research and student dissection, circuses and zoos, fur, meat-eating, poaching and deliberate habitat destruction, and much more. The authors' tone is friendly, not ...more
May 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: interested in animal rights and welfare
A fine book which addresses various aspects of animal welfare, animal rights and what can be done to assist in providing a better life for the animals of the world. Written by two well known activists, this is an easy read even if the subject matter isnt always comfortable.

Having read quite a few books of this type I find I am looking for something new in this area. I recommend this book to those who are newish to animal rights, or people looking for specific stories and experiences as related b
Jennifer Mangler
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This would be a good book for someone interested in and just getting started learning about animal welfare.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is an interesting read for those who are into wildlife conservation and animals rights. It was a bit much for me though. The horrific stories of animal
Abuse and exploitation seemed to emphasize what, to me, seemed like the overall theme: human beings are sh*t. We wreck stuff, and kill animals. We are cruel and thoughtless. It wasn’t until the last chapter of the book that they began talking about anything positive, what we can do to change the plight of these poor animals. I skimmed th
Bonnye Reed
Apr 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Peggy  Satterwhite
This really touched my heart...above all else, do no harm
Brenton Miebach
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There is no specific main character in The Ten Trusts but I would like to point out the different animals and the different emotions which Jane and Mark bring to the reader's attention.
The Gombe Chimpanzees feeling embarrassment is one of my favorite emotions shown in the book. When a younger male attempts to show off in front of his primate "hero" and as he shakes the twigs in the top of the tree, the small limb he was on snapped and he fell to the ground in front of his hero. Jane does a grea
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you might guess from the subtitle, this book is intended to be encouraging and inspirational. And it certainly succeeds. Where it surpasses my expectations is that it is a book well worth reading for someone new to the world of other animals ("other" because, indeed, we are also animals!) and our relationship to them and the world at large but it is also encouraging to someone who has, perhaps, been taking this relationship seriously for some amount of time. The book is filled with anecdotes ...more
Suzy Kennedy
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I first bought this book when I was 13 and I'm now 24.

Im so glad I re-read this. Its been so long that I forgot that a lot of my opinions around the environment and how I view relationships with animals were shaped by this book. I like the realistic approach of the sentiments expressed over the often totalitarian view of many environmental books.

the authors acknowledge that change wont come overnight, that humans will likely never stop eating meat or using animals and instead of berating peopl
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read by Liz at North Heart Hub

I'm a Jane Goodall fangirl. Goodall is just-- her compassion, patience, and gentleness with all animals, even people, is so admirable. Often those of use who are veg*  and animal rights activists forget that humans are animals too. We can be so cruel to our fellow humans that they (perhaps rightfully) refuse to listen to us. Goodall just goes in there with radical love and understanding and making the world a better place. Oh yeah, and she's a brilliant writer and s
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good primer for anyone not in the field of conservation - on how to tread a more ethical path and consider the wildlife and other animals in compassionate ways (as well as the environment as a whole). The biodiversity crisis has reached new heights and not as many know about biodiversity loss as they do climate change. This short book has good information about the myriad of ways humans impact animals and the environment and how we might choose better options. For example- don’t frequent busin ...more
Megan Spooner
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
Having just recently read 100 Heartbeats by Jeff Corwin, this book seemed a bit repetitive and covered a lot of the same topics. When comparing the two books, though, I enjoyed this book more. The weird thing about it is that it had two authors, and when it would change who is writing/talking, Jane Goodall would be normal print, and the other author (Marc) in italics. That would get a bit choppy. Overall though, the book had good flow. It is another good book that makes you think about your own ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jillian Sala – Boham 8
I read the book “The Ten Trusts” by Jane Goodall and Marc Bekoff. I thought very highly of this book because it taught me a lot of awful things about the world and people. If you love animals and believe in the fair treatment of all animals, you should read this book. You’ll learn how brutal animals are treated during the food making process and how unfairly animals are treated for our entertainment. I think this book does a good job at making you realize
Lizzie Densmore
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After recently seeing the moving and intimate Jane Goodall biopic, made up of 140 hours of footage tucked away in the National Geographic archives for 50 years, I had to re-read this amazing book. Concerned with the problems in our chaotic modern world — overpopulation, pollution, global warming, deforestation — Goodall made a list of what we can do to help preserve and care for the multitude of wonderful creatures struggling to survive. Millions of people do not realize how closely connected we ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this a lot more than I anticipated I would. It was very informative and I agreed with so many of the points brought up throughout. I learned so much from this and I am so happy to have read something written by Jane Goodall, whom I admire very much.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking, thought-provoking and inspiring. We each owe a debt to living creatures great and small. Jane Goodall is a hero. In this book she exerts all her experience, understanding and effort to educate and motivate readers to care and to do something.
Promise Ceasar
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
These were hard to read, not because of the writing or the content, just made you feel like a complete jerk.
Feb 11, 2017 added it
This book is amazing. I recommend it to people who love animals such as me. Wonderful!
Brooke Kiefer
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was a rollercoaster of emotion. I never knew a book could fill me with such crushing despair, then turn it around to give an overwhelming feel of hope. I was crying every time I opened the book. The first half fills you with such agony over how many injustices humans have committed against animals. The statistics alone are staggering, but coupled with the sad stories I was just devastated. I was ready to give up on humanity. Then the stories of people changed. It became people fighting ...more
Amber Littman
I like Jane Goodall. I like the work she has done, her compassionate view of animals and all of her talks I’ve seen. I wanted to love this book, I really did. However, it did not leave me with a feeling of inspiration. While I learned a few new things in terms of transgenic biopharmaceuticals, the rest has been pretty much common knowledge for a while for anyone who is interested in animal welfare.
Jane, Im sorry to have to say this but this book is bipolar. It caused me such anxiety because it
Brian Griffith
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecology, animals
Goodall and Bekoff share loads of good stories on the abuses animals face and the people who hope to help them. The authors never get self-righteous in condemning the sins of others. For these authors, suffering is a tragedy for all concerned, and the greatest joy in life is bringing some care to other creatures. It's written with simple language, but also packs a lot of specific information on cases of cruelty to our animal neighbors, and what can be done. ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We as humans are a part of the animal kingdom and part of nature. Respect our planet and treat it like a loved child. Work with others and steer away from bipartisanship. Jane is wise and this is a wonderful read.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Much of the information is dated already, but the core message is still so critical.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing in the way activist books are.
Sally Gutteridge

This is a lovely book. A balance of inspiration and education written with and for love. Just get it - you won’t regret it.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit much for me. It talked so much about the cruelty and injustices man inflicts on animals that after awhile I became desensitized. It was all so terrible, and one account after another. I also made me feel quite powerless. A lot of people care, but so many don't. I'd have to say the majority don't. And what we're doing just isn't enough. Jane tries to offer encouragement, the old "One person can make a difference." She certainly has made a difference, and has inspired many othe ...more
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For the Australian academic and mystery writer, see Professor Jane R. Goodall.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace is a world-renowned ethologist and activist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world every single day.

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