Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals (P.S.)

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals (P.S.)

Hal Herzog

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0061730858

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“Everybody who is interested in the ethics of our relationship between humans and animals should read this book.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human


Hal Herzog, a maverick scientist and leader in the field of anthrozoology offers a controversial, thought-provoking, and unprecedented exploration of the psychology behind the inconsistent and often paradoxical ways we think, feel, and behave towards animals. A cross between Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, in the words of Irene M. Pepperberg, bestselling author of Alex & Me,deftly blends anecdote with scientific research to show how almost any moral or ethical position regarding our relationship with animals can lead to absurd consequences.”

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action is better than another. The technical literature concerning our obligations toward other species is vast, complicated, and, for the most part, boring. The philosophical case for giving moral status to animals has been made by Aristotelians, feminists, Darwinians, Christian right-wingers, and postmodern leftists. However, the major intellectual paths to animal liberation lie in the two classic approaches to ethics, utilitarianism and deontology. Utilitarians believe that the morality of an

2(4), 263–286. Haidt’s theory Haidt, J. (2001). The emotional dog and its rational tail: A social intuitionist approach to moral judgment. Psychological Review, 108(4), 814–834. Paul Rozin calls disgust the moral emotion Rozin, P., Haidt, J., & McCauley, C.R. (1999). Disgust: The body and soul emotion. In T. Dalgleish & M. Power(eds.), Handbook of cognition and emotion (pp. 429–445). Chichester, UK: Wiley. causes the emotional processing centers of the brain to light up while the impersonal

weaving the rubber tubes around the playpen’s frame, he carefully constructed a huge web modeled on the web-building techniques of the spiders that he studied. Late one night, Fred unexpectedly returned to their lab to pick up a book he needed. There, in the dark, he found his friend, crouched silently in the middle of the giant web, figuring out what it was like to be a spider. The bottom line is that there are many reasons why human-animal interactions are so often inconsistent and

good health, mental acuity, and ability to live at home by herself are largely due to their relationship. The Nancy and Charlie story is not unusual. It is played out in millions of American homes every day. I saw it in my own parents, who were never animal lovers until Pop retired and they got the first of three dachshunds, all of whom they adored and all of whom they named Willie. But, as Sarah Coe will tell you, living with pets is not always sweetness and light. SARAH’S DOGS: WHEN THE

friendly or dangerous; sex differences in cat behavior (neutered males are more affectionate to humans than are spayed females); and the existence of morality in non-human species. While animals are important in so many aspects of human life, the study of our interactions with other species has, until recently, been neglected by scientists. Take my field, psychology. For a hundred years, psychologists have concentrated on uncovering behavioral processes such as motivation, perception, and

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