The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships

by Erika Ritter

Key Porter Books | March 25, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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How do we reconcile treating our pets like pampered house guests but slaughtering other species of animals for food? As Erika Ritter explores in this fresh, fascinating and eye-opening new book, at the heart of this relationship is a paradox-a relationship that is almost schizophrenic in its absurdity: we

humans are animals, too. Through interviews conducted around the world with philosophers, scientists, farmers, poets, pundits and commentators, Ritter makes her way through this strange maze of human contradictions about our animal brethren to produce a work that reveals as much about "us" as about "them."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.39 in

Published: March 25, 2010

Publisher: Key Porter Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155470295X

ISBN - 13: 9781554702954

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The Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships

by Erika Ritter

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 360 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.39 in

Published: March 25, 2010

Publisher: Key Porter Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155470295X

ISBN - 13: 9781554702954

About the Book

In a recent survey, 70% of respondents identified their family pet as "a member of the family." Even as these animals are revered as loved ones, the meat, fish, and dairy industries continue to thrive. Speaking to this disparity, "Dog by the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath" addresses this fascinating subject. Using interviews with philosophers, scientists, farmers, poets, and commentators, Ritter explores our complicated - and often inconsistent - relationship to the animal world.

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How do we reconcile treating our pets like pampered house guests but slaughtering other species of animals for food? As Erika Ritter explores in this fresh, fascinating and eye-opening new book, at the heart of this relationship is a paradox-a relationship that is almost schizophrenic in its absurdity: we

humans are animals, too. Through interviews conducted around the world with philosophers, scientists, farmers, poets, pundits and commentators, Ritter makes her way through this strange maze of human contradictions about our animal brethren to produce a work that reveals as much about "us" as about "them."

About the Author

ERIKA RITTER is the author of the immensely popular novel, The Hidden Life of Humans, a nonfiction book, The Great Big Book of Guys: Alphabetical Encounters with Men as well as being a columnist, playwright and broadcaster. One of her plays, "Automatic Pilot," was seen across Canada, the United States and Israel, and won the Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Best Play in 1980. A CBC radio version of the play received the ACTRA award. Erika lives in Toronto.

RIKA RITTER is the author of the immensely popular novel, The Hidden Life of Humans, a nonfiction book, The Great Big Book of Guys: Alphabetical Encounters with Men as well as being a columnist, playwright and broadcaster. One of her plays, "Automatic Pilot," was seen across Canada, the United States and Israel, and won the Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Best Play in 1980. A CBC radio version of the play received the ACTRA award. Erica lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

"Ritter's new book is a far-reaching exploration of the paradox underlying our relationships with animals. Her devotion to gaining insight into that tortured relationship is quite amazing.

The Dog by the Cradle can't really provide any hard and fast answers.. Thankfully. This is no polemic. What Ritter does, instead, is pose provocative questions and expose the paradoxes we tend to ignore." -

The Globe and Mail

"With this wonderful book, Toronto's Erika Ritter confirms her reputation as a talented wordsmith and gifted cultural sage.

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Winnipeg Free Press





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