• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (August 9, 2011)
Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can we learn from biomedical research with mice? Who enjoys a better quality of life—–the chicken destined for your dinner plate or the rooster in a Saturday night cockfight? Why is it wrong to eat the family dog?
Drawing on more than two decades of research into the emerging field of anthrozoology, the science of human–animal relations, Hal Herzog offers an illuminating exploration of the fierce moral conundrums we face every day regarding the creatures with whom we share our world. Alternately poignant, challenging, and laugh-out-loud funny—blending anthropology, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy—this enlightening and provocative book will forever change the way we look at our relationships with other creatures and, ultimately, how we see ourselves.
Hal Herzog has been investigating the complex psychology of our interactions with other species for more than two decades. He is particularly interested in how people negotiate real-world ethical dilemmas, and he has studied animal activists, cockfighters, veterinary students, animal researchers, and ex-vegetarians. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters. His research has been published in journals such as Science, The American Psychologist, The Journal of the Royal Society, The American Scholar, Anthrozoos, BioScience, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ethology, and Developmental Psychobiology. His work has been covered by Newsweek, Slate, National Public Radio, Scientific American, USA Today, The London Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and many other newspapers.
Author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, Hal Herzog is also Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University and lives in the Smoky Mountains with his wife Mary Jean and their cat Tilly.
Hal’s Tour Stops
Monday, August 15th: Book Hooked Blog
Tuesday, August 16th: Animal Person
Wednesday, August 17th: A Homesteading Neophyte
Monday, August 22nd: Homegrown.org
Tuesday, August 23rd: The Locavore Hunter
Wednesday, August 24th: NorCal Cazadora
Thursday, August 25th: The Local Cook
Monday, August 29th: girlichef
Tuesday, August 30th: Free Range Living
Thursday, September 1st: Eco-Friendly and Frugal