Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

Book - 2010
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"Everybody who is interested in the ethics of our relationship between humans and animals should read this book."
--Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human

Hal Herzog, a maverick scientist and leader in the field of anthrozoology offers a controversial, thought-provoking, and unprecedented exploration of the psychology behind the inconsistent and often paradoxical ways we think, feel, and behave towards animals. A cross between Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, in the words of Irene M. Pepperberg, bestselling author of Alex & Me , " deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences."

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061730863
Characteristics: viii, 326 p. ; 24 cm.

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weldinc Mar 08, 2013

This book was an amazing journey into animal-human relationship. I also enjoyed exploring the delicate philosophical and psychological aspects of morals. A great read!

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 17, 2013

Why do vegans own cats? At 2 oz. of meat each, America’s cats eat the equivalent of 3 million chickens every day. Pet cats kill about one billion small animals each year. This is ten times the number used in biomedical experiments. Yet, bird watchers see no contradiction in both feeding wild birds and letting their tabbies feast on the songbirds they attract. This is just one of the many paradoxes in our relationships with other animals that Dr. Herzog explores. He describes research done on our attitudes to pets, hunting, cock-fighting, animal experimentation and vegetarianism. How can a dog be both a beloved pet in North America and dinner in China? But how beloved can your purebred pet be if he must suffer from cruel genetic disorders so that he can be registered with the AKC? Why are vegetarian adolescents more likely to have eating disorders? Human-animal interactions are characterized by unavoidable conflict between logic and our emotions. Consistency is impossible to achieve.

sparklingsights Aug 26, 2012

I am so glad to be done this book. The author annoyed me to no end. I could make reference to forty reasons why, but I'm happy to be done with this book and this author; I don't even want to waste my time.

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agiles01
Mar 01, 2011

Hal Herzog raises some good questions about our relationships with animals, however applies flawed thinking and fails to consider other factors that may affect various findings. He forces data to conform to his own views and perceptions and twists numbers so that they work in his favour.

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GummiGirl
Feb 14, 2011

The book touches on a lot of topics related to how humans view animals, from vegetarianism to dog breeding to cockfighting. Well written and entertaining.

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Jan 24, 2011

Pet hoarders, animal rights terrorists, cock fighters, and vivisectionists populate this interesting book about humankind's relationship with animals.

It's difficult to look at your pet, your dinner, or animal-tested product after reading Herzog's work.

He points out the illogic and irrationality we use to justify our treatment animals without being judgemental. The situation is what it is.

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