Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why it's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why it's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

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By (author) Hal Herzog

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  • Publisher: HarperPerennial
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 28mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061730858
  • ISBN 13: 9780061730856
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 43,003

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Combining the intellect of Malcolm Gladwell with the irreverent humor of Mary Roach and the paradigm-shifting analysis of Jared Diamond, a leading social scientist offers an unprecedented look inside our complex and often paradoxical relationships with animals, in "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat". Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can we learn from biomedical research with mice? Who enjoyed a better quality of life - the chicken on a dinner plate or the rooster who died in a Saturday-night cockfight? Why is it wrong to eat the family dog? Drawing on more than two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology, the science of human-animal relations, Hal Herzog offers surprising answers to these and other questions related to the moral conundrums we face day in and day out regarding the creatures with whom we share our world. "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat" is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human-animal relations, based on Dr. Herzog's groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog-show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers. Blending anthropology, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative enriched with real-life anecdotes, scientific research, and his own sense of moral ambivalence. Alternately poignant, challenging, and laugh-out-loud funny, this enlightening and provocative book will forever change the way we look at our relationships with other creatures and, ultimately, how we see ourselves.

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Author information

Hal Herzog is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on human-animal relations. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals, including Science, the Proceedings of the Royal Society, American Psychologist, American Scholar, the Journal of Social Issues, and the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. His work has also been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Scientific American, New Scientist, Science Daily, the London Times, and on Slate, CNN, National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and MSNBC. He is a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and lives in the Great Smoky Mountains with his wife and their cat, Tilly.

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"An instant classic....Written so accessibly and personally, while simultaneously satisfying the scholar in all of us."--Arnold Arluke, Anthrozo's