Why Animals Matter

The Case for Animal Protection

By Erin E. Williams; Margo DeMello
(Prometheus Books, Paperback, 9781591025238, 420pp.)

Publication Date: August 2007

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This is a concise yet complete overview of the problems of animal suffering, linking them to larger issues of human and environmental exploitation. Authors Erin E. Williams and Margo DeMello examine industries that exploit animals -- meat processing companies and agribusinesses; medical experimentation and cosmetic testing facilities; the entertainment industry (circuses, rodeos, zoos, racing, and film making); the pet industry; the fur and leather industry; and commercial and recreational activities centered on hunting. The authors also consider the adverse environmental effects of animal exploitation from pollution to deforestation and the depletion of biodiversity.
In addition, they look at the connections between the poor treatment of animals and human exploitation of immigrants, slaughterhouse and farm workers, as well as the larger issues of globalization, hunger, and the negative consequences for Third World nations.
Highly informative yet very reader-friendly, this book not only explores the connections between animal and human suffering, but also integrates solid information with positive case studies of rescued animals and inspiring stories of individual successes.



About the Author


Margo DeMello lectures at Central New Mexico Community College, teaching sociology, cultural studies, and anthropology. Her books include "Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community" (2000) and she has contributed essays to the "Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships" (Greenwood, 2007) and "Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge" (2004).
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