The Politics of Zoos

The Politics of Zoos : Exotic Animals and Their Protectors

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


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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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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • 30 Jul 2006
  • Northern Illinois University Press
  • Dekalb, IL
  • English
  • 0875806139
  • 9780875806136
  • 1,220,477

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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"

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