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Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection

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Our treatment of animals in modern America is full of contradictions. Pets are a beloved feature of most American households, many enjoying the most luxurious food and accessories, and reveling in the love and companionship from their human families. At the same time, animals raised for food or clothing, or used for medical experiments and product testing, often live painf ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Prometheus Books
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Mark Hawthorne
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who eats food or wears clothing
Shelves: animalrights
Our systematic abuse of non-human animals is so shocking and extensive that it is surprising how few people are even unaware of it. That’s why this book is so indispensable. With this comprehensive survey of animal exploitation, Margo DeMello and Erin Williams -- both longtime activists -- seek to lift the veil of ignorance that sustains a cruel status quo. Product testing, breeding, medical experiments, hunting, blood sports, clothing (fur, wool, leather), and entertainment are all covered in h ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

“Why Animals Matter” is a fascinating and extremely informative book. It provides tons of details about animal rights and discusses a very broad spectrum of subtopics also pertaining to the subject. Although at some points the amount of information becomes a little overwhelming, the book is organized very well with a thorough table of contents. This book also managed to spark my interest and make me want to do even further research by shedding a light on things that I hadn’t even realized were h
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in animal issues
This book is very good at outlining animal issues from factory farming, to the fur business, to animals used for entertainment and more. It shows the history of how we viewed animals in the past to the present day and how we exploit them in every way possible for a profit. I believe most people don't have the slightest clue how animals are really treated especially in the food industry. If you want to educate yourself and others I highly suggest this read. It will really open your eyes and hopef ...more
Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
The bulk of this book is devoted to explaining the many ways in which humanity uses and abuses our fellow creatures, which will already be familiar to seasoned humane advocates.

For newcomers to the issues, this book could be a good educational resource. However, it also suffers from a problem shared by many books of this genre: the information is so relentless and densely packed, it can serve to overwhelm readers rather than empower them. Karen Dawn's "Thanking the Monkey" managed to present a
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
It's depressing and sad to know that in the 5 years since this book was written not much has improved in the animal world or in their quality of life. This book is very detailed about what it's like to live as an animal in the different industries in which man eploits them: meat, hunting, fur,experimentation,pets, and entertainment. This reads more like a textbook but also implores us to see "why" they do matter. Well researched and written.
Jayla Johnson
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book on why animals matter, no pun intended!
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Tons of useful information about animal protection issues presented in a clear, compelling fashion by two experts who know how to write.
Jun 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Erin is a good friend of mine. I have the book on order from amazon...where is it? :)
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