No Animals Were Harmed

No Animals Were Harmed

The Controversial Line Between Entertainment and Abuse

Book - 2012
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Investigative journalist Peter Laufer is back with his third book in a trilogy that explores the way we humans interact with animals. The attack of a trainer at Sea World by a killer whale in February 2010 is the catalyst for this examination of the controversial role animals have played in the human arenas of entertainment and sports.


From the Romans throwing Christians to lions to cock-fighting in present-day California, from abusive Mexican circuses to the thrills of a Hungarian counterpart, from dog training to shooting strays in the Baghdad streets, Laufer looks at the ways people have used animals for their pleasure. The reader travels with Laufer as he encounters fascinating people and places, and as he ponders the ethical questions that arise from his quest.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780762763856
Branch Call Number: 179.3 Lau
Characteristics: xiv, 258 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 01, 2012

If you had ever wondered about what the line is between animal use and animal abuse, this is an excellent introduction to a number of the issues, including swimming with dolphins, whale shows, circus use of animals, abolitionism, veganism, vegetarianism, meat consumption bloodsports - even cricket fighting, whale meat demand in America, Animal Liberation Front, and illegal trade in endangered species. I was shocked to learn that a chicken slaughterhouse was producing vast amounts of blood that is used to make methane and in turn produce electricity for California's power grid! (I suspect this is a byproduct of other slaughterhouses.) Lots of interviews and the book is broken down into easily manageable chunks.

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