BOOKS: Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2003:

Dominion:
The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy
by Matthew Scully
St. Martin’s Press (175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010), 2002.
464 pages. $27.95 hardcover.

In November of 1998 I received a copy of
an article from the National Review. As editor
of Humane Religion, a bi-monthly journal, I was
used to getting all kinds of clippings from our
readers, negative and positive. And when I saw
this was taken from the very conservative
National Review, I was sure it was going to be
disheartening, at best. But I couldn’t maintain
that attitude. The article began with the
statement “Respect for God’s creatures should be
a conservative impulse.”

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BOOKS: Welfare Ranching

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2003:

Welfare Ranching:
The Subsidized Destruction of the American West
edited by George Wuerthner and Mollie Matteson
Island Press, (P.O. Box 7, Covelo, CA 95428), 2002.
346 pages. $75.00 hardback, $45 paperback.

As a southerner now living in the West, I am intrigued by
the similarities between what is happening today to the Western
cattle culture and what happened more than a century ago to the old
Southern plantation culture.
Both were products of an entrepreneurial spirit that
exploited people and the environment for economic gain. Both
developed romanticized veneers that appealed to Americans trying to
formulate a national identity–but Southern genteel society attempted
to mimic European aristocracy, while the rugged individualism of
pioneering Westerners symbolized, to some degree, an escape from
Old World trappings.

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BOOKS: Sightings: The Gray Whales’ Mysterious Journey

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2003:

Sightings: The Gray Whales’ Mysterious Journey
by Brenda Peterson & Linda Hogan
National Geographic Society (1145 17th St. NW, Washington, DC
20036), 2002. 286 pages., hardcover. $26.00.

Defenders of gray whales migrating along the Pacific coast of
Mexico, the U.S., and Canada won two important court decisions
within 18 days as 2002 closed and 2003 began.
First, on December 20, a three-judge panel of the Ninth
U.S. circuit Court of Appeals ruled in San Francisco that Makah
tribal treaty rights granted in 1855 do not supersede the intent of
Congress in enacting the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The verdict
requires the National Marine Fisheries Service to conduct an
extensive environmental impact review before authorizing the Makah to
hunt any more gray whales.

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BOOKS: From The Horse’s Mouth

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2003:

From the Horse’s Mouth
by Eugene Davis
Rhoman Books (1708 21st Ave. S., #146, Nashville, TN 37212),
2002. 181 pp, paperback. $14.99.

In this novel, Tennessee Walking Horses talk and dream about
their lives. Unfortunately, their lives are filled with horrible
abuse by men who care only about the financial rewards of winning at
competition. The book is rich with history and facts about the world
of Tennessee Walking Horses.

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BOOKS: Wild Asia, Africa’s Animal Kingdom, Bear, & The Grizzly Almanac

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 2002:

Wild Asia:
Spirit of a Continent
by Natl. History New Zealand Ltd.
Pelican Publishing (P.O. Box 3110, Gretna, LA 70054), 2000.
192 pages, illust. $49.95 hardback.

Africa’s Animal Kingdom:
A Visual Celebration
by Kit Coppard
Sterling Publishing (387 Park Ave. S.,
New York, NY 10016), 2001.
512 pages, illust. $24.95 paperback.
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BOOKS: Dog Heroes

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 2002:

Dog Heroes: Saving Lives & Protecting America
by Jen Bidner
The Lyons Press (P.O. Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437), 2002.
138 pp., illustrated, hardcover. $16.95.

Do not mistake Dog Heroes, by Jen Bidner, for just another
kitchy souvenir of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. No
doubt the prominent role of search-and-rescue and cadaver-sniffing
dogs in the aftermath of September 11 have helped search-dog trainer
Bidner to find a publisher and bookstore shelf space, but there is a
great deal more to Dog Heroes than just the 187 color photos and the
mostly familiar anecdotes about the dogs who worked at all of the
attack locations to help find and identify victims.

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BOOKS: Vista Nieve

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 2002:

Vista Nieve by Melbourne R. Carriker
Blue Mantle Press (36901 Marshall Hutts Rd., Rio Hondo-Arroyo City,
TX 78583), 2001. 312 pages, paperback. $18.95.

On July 28, 2002, Colombian ornithologists Jorge Velasquez
and Alonso Quevado photographed 14 examples of Fuertes’s parrot among
tall trees in an alpine forest near the summit of a volcano in the
northern Andes. The brightly colored indigo-and-yellow parrot was
previously documented only in 1911, when specimens were among the
5,355 birds of 513 species and subspecies whom Melbourne A. Carriker
Jr. shotgunned out of the foliage of that region and into the
scientific literature.

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BOOKS: Adopting an Animal Friendly Menu for Your Shelter’s Events

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, December 2002:

Adopting an Animal Friendly Menu
for your shelter’s events
Animal Place (3448 Laguna Creek Trail, Vacaville, CA 95688), 2002.
<Info@AnimalPlace.org> or <http://AnimalPlace.org>

It would be hard to find a more mainstream group of shelter
directors than the Food for Thought Advisory Committee assembled by
Animal Place founder Kim Sturla.
Among the 10 panelists are former Humane Society of the U.S.
companion animal program director Ken White, at least three longtime
members of the HSUS shelter accreditation team, and New England
Federation of Humane Societies past president Bert Troughton.

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BOOKS: The Parrot’s Lament

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2002:

The Parrot’s Lament
and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity
by Eugene Linden
Dutton (375 Hudson St., N.Y.,, NY 10014), 1999. 224 pages,
paperback; $12.95.

The Parrot’s Lament and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue,
Intelligence, and Ingenuity may sound noncontroversial, but as
author Eugene Linden points out, the issue of animal consciousness
is “contentious,” meaning it cannot be argued without reference to
ideology.

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