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We love animals, but our relationship with them is laced with self-doubt. We watch nature documentaries and cat videos, and pamper our pets. Yet we also know that most farm animals lead miserable lives and many wild animals are losing their homes. We reluctantly accept this as the price for human progress; no one wants a philosophical debate every time they buy a sandwich. The truth is that the way we treat animals is not only irrational and unethical - it's unsustainable.
Henry Mance sets out on a personal quest to see if there is a fairer way to share our planet with the other species who enrich our lives. He goes to work in an abattoir and on a pig farm, and meets chefs, hunters, activists, scientists and conservationists who want to redefine how we think about animals.
Even on a planet shaped by human activity, we can find the space to allow other sentient beings to thrive - to put our love for animals into practice. This is not a book about what animals can do for us, but what we can do for animals. Thoughtful, provocative and witty, it is ultimately a story of discovery and hope - and of a future that might just become a reality.
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Henry Mance believes that the bad things we do to animals are the result of our failure to think through the consequences of our actions. How to Love Animals will remedy that failure, in a highly readable, informative and entertaining manner.
Unsentimental, hugely enjoyable [and] full of fascinating details. I read it with rising anger, and several chuckles. Stylishly written and deeply researched, Mance serves up the inconvenient truth that the meat on our plates was very recently a living sentient creature not unlike ourselves. He makes a powerful case in this important book, which calls for radical change to the way we eat, farm and manage wildlife in this human age.
Wise, funny, moving and incisive. I loved it.
A whip-smart, thought-provoking and thrilling investigation into one of the most essential moral issues of our time. Eye-opening as well as moving, challenging as well as frequently amusing, How to Love Animals surprised and fascinated me. Mance is unwavering in his attention and journalistic rigour, never avoiding the difficult questions about how we treat animals, and his prose is also highly enjoyable and entertaining.
Smart, provocative and funny, this book also throws down a huge challenge to all of us. You'll never look at your dog - or a glass of milk - in the same way again.