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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,041 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hal Herzog Narrator: Mel Foste Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can we learn from biomedical research with mice? Who enjoys a better quality of life—the chicken on a dinner plate or a rooster who dies in a Saturday night cockfight? Why is it wrong to eat the family dog? Drawing on over two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology—the science of human-animal relations—Hal Herzog offers surprising answers to these and other questions related to the moral conundrums we face day in and day out regarding the creatures with whom we share our world.

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human-animal relations, based on Herzog’s groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers. Blending anthropology, history, brain science, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative enriched with real-life anecdotes, scientific research, and his own sense of moral ambivalence.

Alternately poignant, challenging, and laugh-out-loud funny, Herzog’s enlightening and provocative book will forever change the way we look at our relationships with other creatures and, ultimately, how we see ourselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderful…An engagingly written book that only seems to be about animals. Herzog’s deepest questions are about men, women and children.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A fun read…What buoys this book is Herzog’s voice. He’s an assured, knowledgeable and friendly guide.”

    Associated Press

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily Moore | 2/12/2014

    " I just could not get through this book. It was informative, yet a bit dry and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sibyl | 2/8/2014

    " Definitely giving me food for thought, pun intended. I have already limited meat severely, but still eat chicken breasts and salmon and tuna. After reading this book, I feel that I may want to further examine my diet again. Just not sure I could maintain a vegan diet, and that is what it would need to be if one chooses the moral alternative for one's diet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tina | 1/29/2014

    " This is an interesting book on the contradictory ways we think about animals. Thought-provoking, and a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JulieB | 1/28/2014

    " Really fasinating! He pointed out so many inconsistencies with how we think about pets, animal rights, lab animals, meat, and how we believe we think logically, but we really aren't sensible at all when it comes to animals. "

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About the Author
Author Hal Herzog

Hal Herzog is regarded as one of the leading experts on the psychology of human-animal relations. He is professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and lives in the Smokey Mountains with his wife Mary Jean and their cat, Tilly.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”