Animals and the Environment

Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground

Eating Earth

Animals and the Environment

Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground

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ISBN : 978-1138825888
Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (May 7, 2015)

Contemporary Earth and animal activists rarely collaborate, perhaps because environmentalists focus on species and ecosystems, while animal advocates look to the individual, and neither seems to have much respect for the other.

This diverse collection of essays highlights common ground between earth and animal advocates, most notably the protection of wildlife and personal dietary choice. Drawing on a wide range of issues and disciplines, ranging from wildlife management, hunting, and the work of NGOs to ethics, ecofeminism, religion and animal welfare, this volume provides a stimulating collection of ideas and challenges for anyone else who cares about the environment or animals.

Despite severe ecological consequences, environmentalists tend to be unaccountably silent on the topic of dietary choice.

Animals and Environment

Animals and the Environment

Introduction by Lisa Kemmerer

Long after my last grade school dot-to-dot puzzle, in a class “ah-hah!” moment, I connected those very visual little black dots on paper with the idea of “connecting the dots.” Much later, I pondered how hard it would be, were I no bigger than a gnat, to connect those many little black dots–especially if they were on a multi-dimensional plane. What if a gnat-sized human were trying to connect figurative dots, and those dots were partially, or wholly obscured (by social conventions)?

This seems to be our predicament, and our task is to connect the otherwise seemingly disparate aspects (dots) that form our lives. If we are able to do so, we gain a richer and fuller understanding of our existence–of life and our place in the universe. This is exactly what ecofeminists have set out to do.

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Animal agriculture causes more environmental damage than any other industry—it makes absolutely no sense for environmentalists to hate bovines with hamburger in hand.

Animals and Environment