The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication

April 10, 1999|
The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication by Stephen Budiansky
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Animal rights extremists argue that eating meat is murder and that pets are slaves. This compelling reappraisal of the human-animal bond, however, shows that domestication of animals is not an act of exploitation but a brilliantly successful evolutionary strategy that has benefited humans and animals alike.
 
“Budiansky’s slim, elegant discourse is a persuasive counterweight to the pastoral delusions of sentimentalists intent on seeing humans as malevolently at odds with the noble animal kingdom.”—Manuela Hoelterhoff, Wall Street Journal
 
“Forcefully argued and eloquent.”—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
 
“A subtle look at the mysteries of evolution and a stinging response to animal-rights extremists. . . . Ambrosia for anyone—whether in agreement with Budiansky or not—who appreciates the beauty of an argument that combines careful scholarship with common sense.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Budiansky argues his thesis clearly and cogently.”—Daily Telegraph
Stephen Budiansky, scientist & journalist, is a correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly." His five highly acclaimed books include "If a Lion Could Talk: Animal Intelligence & the Evolution of Consciousness"&"The Nature of Horses." He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.
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Title:The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:216 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:216 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:April 10, 1999
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
ISBN - 13:9780300079937

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