BOOKS—Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy

From Animal People September 2013:

Loving Animals:  Toward a New Animal Advocacy   by Kathy Rudy University of Minnesota Press (111 Third Avenue South,  Suite 290,  Minneapolis, MN 55401),  2011.  260 pages hardcover,  $16.98.

Trained in theological ethics and women’s studies,  Kathy Rudy describes herself as neither an ethologist nor an animal behaviorist, but writes “It would not be an overstatement to say that most of the important and successful relationships I’ve had in my life have been with nonhuman animals.” Rudy posits that “you never really love [animals] in general.  You always love the particular.”  This directly contradicts the outlook of most of the “people who care about animals” who read ANIMAL PEOPLE,  many of whom helped to build the animal rights movement of the past several decades.   Read more

BOOKS—Human Origins: Are we hybrids?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

Human Origins:  Are we hybrids?   by Eugene McCarthy Free download from:  http://www.macroevolution.net/human-origins.html#.Ud5d8GSgn6k

Recalling my April 2012 review of evolutionary geneticist Eugene McCarthy’s provocative opus On the Origins of New Forms of Life:  A New Theory,  British ANIMAL PEOPLE online reader Mervyn Sanders wrote recently to mention that “Dr. McCarthy is now claiming that humans are a hybrid of chimp and wait for it, pig.  Yet he appears to be able to back his claims up with well researched evidence.” Read more

BOOKS—Wild Planet: Celebrating wildlife photographer of the year

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

Wild Planet:  Celebrating wildlife photographer of the year
Natural History Museum 
(Cromwell Road,  London SW7 5BD,  U.K.),  2013.
143 pages,  paperback.  $23.95.

Anthologizing 80 winning entries from the Natural History Museum’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition,  Wild Planet is a celebration of wildlife indeed.   Read more

BOOKS: The State of Canada’s Birds 2012

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

By the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI-Canada),  under the leadership of Environment Canada,  Bird Studies Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada,  Nature Canada,  the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada |  Free download:  www.stateofcanadasbirds.org and   Avian Conservation & Ecology 8(2).   Free download:  www.ace-eco.org/vol8/iss2/art1

Alleged an October 1,  2013 media release from the American Bird Conservancy,  “A new study from the government of Canada that looked at more than 25 human-caused sources of bird mortality has found that domestic cats, both feral and owned,  are the leading lethal threat to birds in the country.” Read more

SPECIAL: The dog care field manual

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

The Dog Care Field Manual: How to care for mangy run-down dogs in 2nd and 3rd world countries  (and in developed countries,  too) by Harrell Graham 46-page free download by clicking HERE

The Dog Care Field Manual,  by Harrell Graham,  covers wound treatment;  treatment of both internal parasites such as worms and external parasites such as mange;  emergency response to poisoning;  and avoidance of rabies.  Each topic is reviewed in depth and detail,  recommending crisis care that almost anyone can give when the nearest veterinarian is many miles and hours away.   Read more

BOOKS—Beg: A radical new way of regarding animals

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

Beg:  A radical new way of regarding animals by Rory Freedman Running Press (2300 Chestnut St.,  Suite 200,  Philadelphia,  PA 19103),  2013. 201 pages,  hardcover.  $18.00.

Beg: a radical new way of regarding animals is an honest,  even blunt look at human relationships with animals.  Rory Freedman shares two adopted dogs with her ex and adopted her own dog named Lucy,  the result of a foster failure.   Read more

BOOKS: Love Saves the Day

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

Love Saves the Day  by Gwen Cooper Bantam Books (1745 Broadway,  New York,   NY 10019),  2013. 317 pages,  hardcover.  $26.00.

Cat rescuer Gwen Cooper follows up her 2010 best-seller,  Homer’s Odyssey,  about the former strays who kept her company near Ground Zero on September 11,  2011,  with Love Saves the Day,  another superb work told from three viewpoints:  Prudence the cat, the cat’s deceased person Sarah,  and her daughter Laura,  who saves the day.  Each narrator’s personality sparkles.  Read more

Elephants Among Us: Two Performing Elephants in the 20th Century

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

Elephants Among Us: Two Performing Elephants in the 20th Century by Mike Jaynes Earth Books (15200 NBN Way,  Blue Ridge Summit,  PA 17214),  2013. 199 pages,  paperback.  $22.95.

Elephants Among Us is a lengthy, detailed and meticulously researched e-book about the life and death of two performing elephants. Born in captivity in 1973 and later purchased by animal trainers Mike and Sally LaTorres,  the elephant Stoney began performing in 1977.  He was trained by methods including food deprivation and use of the ankus,  a traditional Indian elephant training device also called,  in the west,  a “bull hook,”  since similar instruments were used to drive cattle to slaughter before the advent of electric prods.  Read more

Publications: The Endangered Species Act & “Sound Science”

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013:

The Endangered Species Act & “Sound Science” by M. Lynne Corn,  Kristina Alexander,  & Eugene Buck Congressional Research Service,  2013.  Free download from <www.crs.gov>

This 30-page document summarizes controversies over alleged “junk science” used in determining the endangered species status of Canada lynx,  hatchery-raised salmon,  Stellar sea lions,  gray wolves in the eastern states,  and endangered species issues pertaining to climate change.   Read more

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