How to Love Animals: In a Human-Shaped World (Hardback)Henry Mance (author)
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Tackling humanity’s complicated relationship with the animal kingdom, Mance’s entertaining yet thoughtful book posits suggestions for how we can find a middle ground between pampering our pets and turning a blind eye to inhumane slaughter.
We love animals, but our relationship with them is laced with self-doubt. We watch nature documentaries and cat videos, and pamper our pets. Yet we also know that most farm animals lead miserable lives and many wild animals are losing their homes. We reluctantly accept this as the price for human progress; no one wants a philosophical debate every time they buy a sandwich. The truth is that the way we treat animals is not only irrational and unethical - it's unsustainable.
Henry Mance sets out on a personal quest to see if there is a fairer way to share our planet with the other species who enrich our lives. He goes to work in an abattoir and on a pig farm, and meets chefs, hunters, activists, scientists and conservationists who want to redefine how we think about animals. Even on a planet shaped by human activity, we can find the space to allow other sentient beings to thrive - to put our love for animals into practice.
This is not a book about what animals can do for us, but what we can do for animals. Thoughtful, provocative and witty, it is ultimately a story of discovery and hope - and of a future that might just become a reality.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 669 g
Dimensions: 243 x 165 x 37 mm
This fascinating book makes a persuasive, sanctimony-free case for treating animals more humanely. * The Times *
How to Love Animals is compassionate, funny and utterly readable. What's more, Mance does something of enormous value: he surprises himself and the reader, too... In marrying this openness with his clarity of vision, Mance offers a new window on the climate emergency. -- Clea Skopeliti * i Newspaper *
Persuasive...wry and on occasion laugh-out-loud funny. Like all the best reporters, Mance possesses an open mind and a strong moral compass, he's thorough and game for anything and he's good at drawing people out... After reading this thoughtful and galvanising book, I've realised that it's better to keep trying to live in a way that shows compassion and respect for animals, and to sometimes fail, than to give up altogether. -- Sophie McBain * New Statesman *
Unsentimental, hugely enjoyable [and] full of fascinating details... Stylishly written and deeply researched, Mance...makes a powerful case in this important book, which calls for radical change to the way we eat, farm and manage wildlife in this human age. -- Gaia Vince
Wise, funny, moving and incisive. I loved it. -- Tim Harford
A whip-smart, thought-provoking and thrilling investigation into one of the most essential moral issues of our time. Eye-opening as well as moving, challenging as well as frequently amusing, How to Love Animals surprised and fascinated me. -- Lucy Jones
Smart, provocative and funny, this book also throws down a huge challenge to all of us. You'll never look at your dog - or a glass of milk - in the same way again. -- Helen Lewis
Henry Mance believes that the bad things we do to animals are the result of our failure to think through the consequences of our actions. How to Love Animals will remedy that failure, in a highly readable, informative and entertaining manner. -- Peter Singer
[Mance's] lively first book argues for a profound reassessment of humans' relationships with other species ... He is a skilful writer who never shies away from painful stories, and leavens even the grimmest episodes with humour. He also has a rare ability to couch strenuous ethical arguments in terms that are warmly familiar. * Economist *
This clearsighted book offers a clarion call to not only foster greater sensitivity toward the animal world as a whole, but to recognize the Earth as more than just a "human-shaped" space. An urgent, humane, and exceptionally well-documented book. * Kirkus Reviews *
Entertaining and thought-provoking, even if you loathe vegan sausage rolls. -- Piers Morgan
A panoramic overview of our current relationship with those with who we share our planet. -- Lucy Kehoe * Geographical *
How to Love Animals is compassionate, funny and utterly readable. What's more, Mance does something of enormous value: he surprises himself and the reader, too... In marrying this openness with his clarity of vision, Mance offers a new window on the climate emergency - one of the most pressing issues of our time. -- Clea Skopeliti * i *
Intensely researched and carefully woven... varied and fascinating, and at times even funny. Mance...has a lively style; if the subject matter is heavy, his prose slips down effortlessly... I was gripped and provoked. -- Emma Beddington * Spectator *
Challenging, but also funny and refreshingly low in sanctimony, this book is no frothing polemic. It will doubtless alter many readers' understanding of the systems we all participate in and lead them to make different choices. For others, it should prompt the difficult moral reasoning that those of us who love animals but also profit from their suffering cravenly manage to avoid... Mance is an amiable guide: curious and open-minded. -- Melissa Harrison * Financial Times *
Mance...is spot on to make us confront the horrible truth... [How to Love Animals] will force its readers to stop and think about the incomprehensible scale of unnecessary suffering we impose on our fellow creatures. -- Julian Baggini * Literary Review *
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