The Politics of Zoos: Exotic Animals and Their Protectors

The Politics of Zoos: Exotic Animals and Their Protectors


By (author) Jesse Donahue, By (author) Erik Trump

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  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 210 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Dekalb, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0875806139
  • ISBN 13: 9780875806136
  • Sales rank: 1,212,684

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Since the 1960s, zoos and aquariums have been repeatedly challenged by animal rights activists, regulatory agencies, anti-tax advocates, and an assortment of litigators. Working through the American Zoological Association, these institutions learned to use the U.S. political system to their advantage and, simultaneously, crafted a more progressive public mission. This original study draws upon interviews, archival sources, Congressional records, court cases, regulatory hearings, media accounts, and the authors' ongoing field research.

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Jesse Donahue and Erik Trump are both Associate Professors of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University.

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"Useful ... I recommend this book with out reservation."--"Herpetological Review""Useful ... a meticulous play-by-play account of the political maneuvers of the American Zoological Association."--"Museum News"""The Politics of Zoos" illuminates broader questions about the position of zoos in animal welfare and environmental politics and policy."--Christopher J. Bosso, Northeastern University