The Covenant of the Wild

The Covenant of the Wild

Why Animals Chose Domestication

Book - 1999
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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
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1999, c1992.
ISBN: 9780300079937
Characteristics: xxiii, 190 p.


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