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At home, I have a bearded dragon, a cat, and a brand new leopard tortoise with a respiratory infection pictures at the end Before buying both the bearded dragon and the leopard tortoise, I did my research, as of course anyone should do before investing in a pet, particularly an exotic pet So when Genbu that s the tortoise developed a runny nose after coming home, I knew from my research that he was probably a carrier of a type of bacteria leopard tortoises are particularly sensitive to and that develops into infections when they are stressed, such as from a move So he went to the vet and 300 later we are waiting on the test results, he has been deworned and force fed, and we have to give him a shot in his pectoral muscle every other day for 20 days.While we were going over the course of watching Genbu carefully, taking him to the vet and now, taking care of him, I was reading this book For the first time it actually made me think, why am I investing time and money into a tiny little 3 tortoise He does not purr like my cat or curl up on my lap He does not provide me with warmth and he doesn t play He doesn t talk like another human companion would.Back when I got my bearded dragon Loki , I also did my research, kept an eye on her, and took her to the vet when she had a parasite infection She did not have to have shots, but have you ever tried to stick a syringe into a lizard s mouth It s pretty difficult and they do have claws At the time, I thought nothing of it She was my pet, and I had a responsibility to her even as she was slicing up my hands in a perfectly justifiable effort to get away from the weird plastic thing jammed in her mouth.This book has made me wonder why I feel that way I mean, I don t kill anything I do eat meat though not a lot , which is something the book addresses, the contradiction of animal lovers who still eat meat or condone medical testing, etc But I won t kill anything Not ants, not pigeons, not game animals or anything else I feel a connection to animals that don t really give back a whole lot in terms of communication.In fact, the animals I like are the animals most people are afraid of or that they don t care much about I have heard people concerned that Loki is going to escape from her cage and bite me one night the idea is completely ridiculous My lizard is a scaredy cat who is afraid of strawberries or that Genbu might be vicious he eats hay Like a horse People find it difficult to empathize with reptiles.The book addresses that, why people empathize with some animals dogs, cats and not others mice, lizards and don t care about eating others pigs, cows There s a wealth of information in here, and yes, some of it is really hard to read One anecdote has stuck with me for quite some time, and involves guinea pig death for absolutely no reason that I can comprehend If you like animals, some parts of this book are really difficult to read.I think it s an important book though Whether you are vegeterian vegan omnivore, whatever, whether you hunt, let your cat outside, volunteer for an animal rescue, or could care less about animals, it s still important to read I mean, like it or not, we share the whole world with them, and there are of them than there are of us The way we treat them says something about us as a whole.Loki Loki and Genbu Sneakers the cat. I listened to this a few weeks ago gave it 5 stars as an audio book My review is here even though I don t think that was the best format for it While it s not filled with facts figures that require study, there were some I would have liked to have reviewed, not easy in audio format, so I bought the HB paper edition am skimming through it Definitely the better format Update Here s a good interview with Herzog that covers some of what is in the book gives a great idea as to his style Herzog lays the book out exceedingly well Each chapter covers one general idea then is broken into many 2 or 3 page subsections that drill into it from various, specific angles They contain not just factual data, but real world examples that bear real thought Since they re logically arranged short, the layout promotes this.Chapter 2 The Importance of Being Cute starts on page 37 by looking at Why We Think What We Think About Creatures That Don t Think Like Us using the example of a couple that are crazy about bluebirds then hits us with some facts a few paragraphs later about just how few species merit our concern how based on cuteness it seems to be Page 39 starts the next section on Biphilia Is Love of Animals Instinctive Page 41, Why Do People Hate Snakes Page 44, What s In A Name Language Moral Distancing Page 46, Pets or Research Subjects Categories Count Page 48, When Bugs are Pets Dogs Are Pests Culture The Sociozoological Scale And so it goes until we get to Chapter 3, Pet O Philia Why do Humans only humans Love Pets starting on page 67.Here is theTable of ContentsIntroduction Why Is It So Hard to Think Straight About Animals 11 Anthrozoology The New Science of Human Animal Interactions 152 The Importance of Being Cute Why We Think What We Think About Creatures That Don t Think Like Us 373 Pet O Philia Why Do Humans and Only Humans Love Pets 674 Friends, Foes, And Fashion Statements The Human Dog Relationship 975 Prom Queen Kills First Deer On Sixteenth Birthday Gender and the Human Animal Relationship 1296 In The Eyes Of The Beholder The Comparative Cruelty of Cockfights and Happy Meals 1497 Delicious, Dangerous, Disgusting, And Dead The Human Meat Relationship 1758 The Moral Status of Mice The Use of Animals in Science 2059 The Cats In Our Houses, The Cows On Our Plates Are We All Hypocrites 23710 The Carnivorous Yahoo Within Ourselves Dealing with Moral Inconsistency 263Acknowledgments 281Recommended Reading 285Notes 289Index 327As you can see from the chapter titles, he has a great sense of humor It permeates the writing, but is very low key he never lets it interfere with the facts He s not afraid to hold himself up as an example, either Chapter 6 In The Eyes Of The Beholder The Comparative Cruelty of Cockfights and Happy Meals is a perfect example He studied cockfights the culture surrounding it after he happened upon it while buying chickens of his own to raise Then he got behind a couple of trucks carrying chickens Cobb 500 variety studied the lives of factory farmed chickens His gut reaction to cockfights was negative , like most of us, he hadn t thought much about where a Chicken McNugget came from He evaluates his own society s reaction to this came to some interesting conclusions that he touches on in the final chapter.5 Prom Queen Kills First Deer On Sixteenth Birthday Gender and the Human Animal Relationship, might be one of the best chapters in the book because Herzog makes a lot of sense out of averages, bell curves, statistics, their impact on us While he is concentrating on gender roles, the concept is the basis for many misunderstandings today He sums it up very well in one sentenceWhen two bell curves overlap, even a small difference between the average scores of the groups will produce big differences at the extremesThese extremes are what make the news , all too often, blow our minds.If you re hoping for a direction for your moral compass, you won t find it here Herzog often shows both sides of animal rights issues sometimes even tells us which way he jumped if he did but he makes no judgments He leaves that to the reader, which I appreciate with a topic this emotional irrational.Gave it to my daughter to read she s taken it with her Hope to get it back some day
Written by a psychologist anthrozoologist, Herzog seems to hold to the middle of the road in most debates gives a good account of both sides so far as I can tell There s a lot to how we think about animals than I would have thought he comes at the issue from several different angles He uses multiple studies comparisons of their findings when he can It s amazing how often so much diatribe is based on single studies faulty science, though Update Here s a good interview with Herzog that covers some of what is in the book gives a great idea as to his style I m listening to this as an audio book While it is very well read, I think a hard copy would be a better format or very nice to have as a backup I bought it in hardback, read, gave it a different review still 5 stars, but listing all the chapters such here There are times I ve wanted to go back go over some parts again as they are rather long complex The Trolley Problemhttp en.wikipedia.org wiki Trolleywas one of these cases since he went into studies with 5 variants in some detail In short, a trolley will kill 5 people unless you switch it to kill one person Everything being equal, most people will move the switch, but the shrinks play around with who the people are Other areas could bear re reading such as his discussion Bell curve comparisons, single cause fallacy, other topics that are applicable to many situations outside the ones he addresses here It would also be interesting to have better access to some of the facts such as we give 3 billion dollars to animal rescue, but spend over 10 times that eating beef I think It was a pretty incredible amount makes his point that we re not particularly rational on the subject I was a bit disappointed that he didn t make of a point about the out of sight, out of mind factor specifically, though Not just ignorance, but willful ignorance, are both huge factors, IMO While morality culture are often a topic in the treatment of animals, I found the comparison of cock fighting broiler chickens fascinating Our ingrained hot buttons are incredibly weird And then he gets into culture eating various meats Whether you re a vegetarian or meat eater, animal rightist or animal user, Herzog brings up a lot of points to think about backs them up with the best facts he can bring to bear In some cases, that isn t much he admits it.He spends a lot of time discussing dogs Early on in the book, he gets into them again later on Although some of the information was similar, he s making different points in both cases they re perfect subjects, so it never seemed redundant.The last part of the book is almost exclusively on the philosophy of animal rights, vegetarianism, other of the extreme ideals He shows where some have led makes some great points on the logic of extremism He also interjects the emotional factors winds up admitting that we live in a pretty messy world No great revelations there, but the trip was well worth it.I highly recommend this to anyone interested in animals of any sort This book is not designed to make an argument for or against how you treat animals, but just to make you think about how people do why. I watched a video one time on Youtube of a soldier in Iraq throwing a puppy off of a cliff for fun You could hear the puppy s cry get farther away as it plummeted lower and lower You can probably still find this video if you search soldier throws puppy off cliff This video deeply affected me, and I do not really consider myself an animal lover I felt very strong hatred toward the men, very intense sadness for the puppy How could someone do that And yetI eat meat In fact, I eat meat every day I love meat There is nothing quite as satisfying as a still bloody hunk of cow, seasoned and with a side of loaded mashed potatoes And I sleep well every night Not a single toss or turn for the likely thousands of animals that have been outright slaughtered for simply my mealtime pleasure I am aware of this strange inconsistency I do nothing to change it And thus is the moral predicament, the seemingly bizarre relationship humans have with animals of the other species that both Hal Herzog, and now myself, are completely fascinated by.Hal is an anthrozoologist He studies, through various and rather crazy research adventures, how humans relate to animals He s been to cock fights, animals rights marches, the homes of hoarders This book was so incredibly interesting I found myself laughing at my own irrationalaties when it comes to my views about animals Cock fighting, for example Evil, right Debased men working through some sort of Freudian penis envy debacle by putting their literal cocks in a ring and having them duke it out Well, sort of But not quite Cock fighting is an intricate and perhaps not all that inhumane sport when you compare it to the lives of chickens raised for eating I think anyone who just had some nice Tyson Chicken Snackers did much of an immoral inservice to animal kind than a single cock fighter Cocks raised for fighting get very special treatment for two years before theyre put in the ring They get a very special diet, and loads of sunshine to help bring out their inner Muhammad Ali Sure, in every race 50% of the contestants wind up thrown into a bin with the other losers But, at the end of the day, two years of doting and thirty minutes of intense battle leading to death is still far better than the life a normal feeding chicken lives, cooped up in a ridiculous pen with a ridiculous number of other chickens, until within a very short period of time they re man handled and taken somewhere that mechanically and quickly cuts their heads off and lets their bodies bleed out on an assembly line I guess my point is, the book makes you stop and think about why we deem some animal treatment as cruelty and other forms of animal treatment as the way life is Why do I love pandas and give a rat s ass about the fate of the Peruvian scorpion Why are there 3 times as many women in animal rights activism than men Why, oh why, do I have absolutely no response to the fact that millions of lab mice are euthanized before experimentation every year simply because they are surplus, and yet I had two quite dear pet mice as a child for many years It s a conundrum And a really fascinating one The book is incredibly well researched, the voice is tongue in cheek, down to earth, and neutral Hal isn t necessarily trying to convince you one way or the other This is not the book of an activist It s the book of a curious scientist, who, also, happens to be both a meat eater and animal lover. I agree with the basic premise of this book Our attitudes about animals are logically inconsistent, and when people are extremely logically consistent, that leads to absurdity Hypocrisy is inherent in the relationships between humans and animals, and complications are impossible to escape from.However, this book only gets 2 stars because I don t think it was terribly well written It is anything but cohesive There are hundreds of mini essays, each relating an anecdote, study, or philosophical idea, wrapped up with a pat conclusion This results in incredible breadth but very little depth and sometimes patently ignoring what I see as extreme oversimplification and shoddy reasoning Let me provide a few examples with my objections some are pretty long, but most are short 1 This one just seems to have so many logical flaws and unexplained assumptions that although what he is saying may be perfectly true, I just can t get past his terrible reasoning While exploring the idea about animals living with humans because they unconditionally love us from page 79 If pets were so great at providing unconditional love, you would think that everyone would be bonded to the animals in their homes Unexplained assumption number one that because an animal loves you unconditionally, you will necessarily bond with it They are not in a 1992 study, 15% of adults said they were not particularly attached to their pets In informal polls I have taken in my class, roughly a third of my students indicate that someone in their family actively dislikes or even hates the family pet Assumption number two animals provide unconditional love to everyone they meet In my experience, it is perfectly normal for a pet to be attached or loving to certain people in a house, usually the ones who also show it affection and take care of it The demography of pet keeping also presents a problem This view predicts that people living alone would have the most need for unconditional love and thus have the highest levels of pet ownership 3 WHY because people with roommates or family already have their love quota fulfilled 4 people always do what is statistically beneficial for them, i.e i live alone and have a deficiency of love so I should get a pet This is not the case In fact, adults living alone have the lowest rates of pet ownership, lots of things could contribute to this This must include people whose lifestyles otherwise prevent pet ownership every college aged person in a dorm room, people who work or travel a lot, people who live in apartments by themselves that don t allow pets, which is likely to happen if you are single, people who are allergic, etc while adults raising school aged kids have the highest This in no way refutes the unconditional love hypothesis Many parents get pets for their kids so that they can have that sort of relationship with a pet that includes unconditional love, as well as responsibility and kindness, and see it as beneficial to their kids all around Interestingly, while adults with children have the highest rates of pet ownership, as a group, they are less attached to their animals than people who live along with pets In fact, pet attachment drops a notch with each additional person added to a family Pets in homes with young children really get the shaft For example, only about 25% of pets in families with children are groomed every day compared to nearly 80% of pets who reside with adults who do not have kids There is no reason to assume that this fact is a direct cause of the nonexistence of unconditional love from a pet People who do not have children have time and disposable income to spend on pet grooming They also are likely to have a pet that requires grooming, while a family may choose a pet specifically because it is low maintenance in the grooming department By this logic, because families with 4 children necessarily spend less time and money per child than families with 3 children, the parents with children love each of their children less, and those children love their parents less Very silly in my opinion Phew moving on to the shorter objections 2 The explanations he provides about the studies he cites often either do not have enough information to make sense, or don t make sense One such study about whether men or women have susceptibility to the cuteness of babies and pets was summarized this way Women, however, are susceptible than men to creates that are cute British researchers recently reported that two groups of women are particularly sensitive to differences in the cuteness of infants those of reproductive age and those taken birth control pills that raise their levels of hormones progesterone and estrogen These seem pretty clearly not be two groups of women Women who are taking birth control pills are the same women that are of reproductive age, unless there is some new fad of seven year old girls and seventy year old women taking the pill just for the fun of it Although not all women of reproductive age take birth control pills, one group seems to fit pretty clearly into the other, so that his suggestion that hormones such as progesterone and estrogen are the causation for this kind of behavior has some serious logical flaws and kind of just seems like a tricky way to avoid a detailed explanation Mostly, though, the author bugged me by summing up what seemed like a complicated study in a few sentences, followed by the words the research is clear that , when I felt like from what he said, the research was NOT clear, and his conclusion was utterly unsupported 3 I guess this isn t really a complaint, just something I thought was funny, but he made me feel like a stereotype Three out of four animal rights activists are women, and most of them are politically liberal, well educated, solidly middle class, and primarily white Nearly all of them have pets p 241 The typical vegetarian is a liberal, white, well educated middle or upper class female who is less likely than the average person to adhere to traditional values She usually gives up red meat first, and then expands her list of rejected foods to chicken and fish, and, in the case of vegans, eggs and dairy products p 196Although I ultimately agree with Herzog, this book was really an exercise in being continually annoyed by his rhetorical style It got all of my debater dander up and within 70 pages I had to keep notes about all of the ridiculous things he said Since I didn t know anybody physically near me who would find my complaints interesting, I channeled them into the longest review I ve ever written. Interesting topic, colloquial writing, shoddy research This book bravely takes on the question of how humans think about animals and why our thoughts are clouded with contradictions Why do people oppose the torturing and killing of lab mice for scientific pursuits, but not the torturing and killing of mice they view as pests inside their homes Why do people oppose cockfighting but not factory chicken farming which destroys chickens in arguably inhumane ways in greater numbers Why do people who declare themselves vegetarians eat so much meat I wish he d included the quote from Scott Pilgrim Chicken isn t vegan And what is this animal rights movement really all about Herzog writes in a friendly, easy style mostly made up of anecdotes This makes the issue he s discussing come alive Unfortunately, it doesn t support his arguments rationally Actual evidence is limited to a study here or there, oftentimes web surveys where the results are under suspicion due to the methodology He seems to have read all the super cool nonfiction books I have Malcolm Gladwell et al but seems to have skipped their conclusions For example, he reads about an experiment where three different labs set up identical experiments with identical conditions with genetically identical as much as possible mice Yet, the results of all three labs were different Rather than conclude, as others have, that this supports the notion that environmental factors are far prevalent and influential than we realized, Herzog seems to write off lab controlled scientific experiments overall Maybe that s why he can brazenly admit that the he doesn t actually understand the math behind the mathematical model he just used as support for an argument, despite studying this topic for 20 plus years.At the end of the book, our folksy narrator the fact that the author is a good ol boy from the South is as evident in the writing as it is warming on the narrative leads us through all the murky ethical and philosophical questions to end with saying that it s all a draw His common sense tells him we should advocate for animal rights, but that we should draw a line somewhere some animals should count and others shouldn t He will eat meat, but buy organic Cockfighting is bad In short, his own ethical system is one full of contradictions, built upon vague, unstated assumptions, including that argument ending common sense Just like the rest of us If you want your scientist to be some guy that you can have a beer with, that presents himself as full of flaws, just like you, then this is your book If you demand of an academic, that your scientist should understand all facets of his work, that he should create a reasonable framework for interpreting his results, this book will only frustrate you. There were several moments during this book when I thought, WTF but due to other obligations, I did not write them down and prepare a review 1 I had forgotten all about the book until reading an article about the feral dog epidemic, when I remember that one of the insane things in this book is when Herzog posits that if we keep spaying and neutering all our animals, someday soon there won t be any left so breeding dogs pets is a good thing He then cites the Netherlands, where spay neuter is illegal, as an excellent example of how stopping all the spay neuter efforts would work out just fine 2 Being a vegetarian is sort of like having anorexia both are be about having control and anxiety issues and the implication is that going veg is probably pathological As an example of someone healthy he tells the story of a recovering vegetarian who drinks a pint of cow blood every morning for breakfast and feels great 3 As others have pointed out, there is a major problem in the cockfighting section when Herzog claims that the animal rights community is against cockfighting because they are actually classist and don t like the poor and illegal aliens Oh, and my favorite even though cruelty to animals is listed as a hallmark of antisocial conduct disorder formerly known as psychopath doesn t mean that perfectly normal don t abuse animals Abusing maiming killing animals is perfectly normal and part of a healthy child s development I was interested to learn about anthozoology, a field I had never heard of before However, there are probably better books than this on the subject. Another one that I wouldn t have picked up without the encouragement of my book club I knew most of the horrifying ways that people mistreat animals and this book doesn t offer any real solutions, so it was hugely depressing.The author stated my position fairly well at the start of the bookLike most people, I am conflicted about our ethical obligations to animals The philosopher Strachan Donnelley calls this murky ethical territory the troubled middle Those of us in the troubled middle live in a complex moral universe I eat meat but not as much as I used to, and not veal I oppose testing the toxicity of oven cleaner and eye shadow on animals, but I would sacrifice a lot of mice to find a cure for cancer And while I find some of the logic of animal liberation philosophers convincing, I also believe that our vastly greater capacity for symbolic language, culture, and ethical judgment puts humans on a different moral plane from that of other animalspg 11I learned about the animal protection policies of the Nazis which made their actions towards Jewish people even disturbingA bizarre moral inversion occurred in prewar Germany that enabled large numbers of reasonable people to be concerned with the suffering of lobsters in Berlin restaurants than with genocide In 1933, the German government enacted the world s most comprehensive animal protection legislationpg 59The horrors of animal hoardingA recent study on the public health implications of animal hoarding, reported that nearly all hoarders who have over 100 animals in their homes were women The living conditions of these extreme hoarders ranged from lousy to horrifying Things were particularly bad among those living alone Over half of their houses lacked stoves, hot running water, or working sinks and toilets Forty percent of the homes had no heat and 80% did not contain a functional shower or refrigerator The conditions of the animals living in these circumstances are dire cats, dogs, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, all emaciated and ridden with disease, all running amok First responders called in to clean up hoarding situations often encounter half eaten animals corpses lying aboutpg 139 Geez louise, people.The romanticization of cockfightingBut by far the most important trait, the one that gets breeders misty eyed, is what they call true grit, or commonly, gameness I ask ed Johnny, a third generation cocker, to tell me how I could explain gameness to my animal rights pals Gameness, he said, is their heart Their desire to fight to the death Your bardyard rooster is cowardly Gameness is the drive to beat the opponent It is so instilled in the true game rooster that he is going to give everything he has, to his last breathpg 155 156 Think what Johnny could accomplish if he turned his passionate nature towards something that makes a difference in society That whole chapter, In the Eyes of the Beholder, ranked right up there with the chapter on mice in animal testing The Moral Status of Mice as the hardest to get through It s just heartbreaking.The author s love of meat, which he managed to convey rather poeticallyI had never tasted pork belly, but I remembered that the local country music station used to announce their going price during the noon farm and home show The piece of pork belly on the plate in front of me was a no frills chunk of braised fat One bite and my ideas about meat changed I once stood for ten minutes in a museum staring at a painting by Mark Rothko, trying to figure out why anyone would think that an all black canvas was art, but then something clicked and I suddenly got it I had the same response to the taste of that pork belly The Rothko and the pork belly had the same Platonic purity One was distilled blackness, the other the essence of meatpg 177At every meal that includes meat now, that Mon Mothma line from Star Wars runs through my mind Many Bothans died to bring us this information. Except, that inner trouble maker in my head changes it to Many chickens turkeys, pigs, cows died to bring us this food lunch, dinner, snack, whatever And she nails Mon Mothma s sad delivery, every time I wonder if the cognitive dissonance I m experiencing will ever reach the point where I stop eating meat entirely I suppose we ll see Anyway, I have plenty to talk about at the club meeting tonight. (READ DOWNLOAD) ⛈ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals × Combining The Intellect Of Malcolm Gladwell With The Irreverent Humor Of Mary Roach And The Paradigm Shifting Analysis Of Jared Diamond, A Leading Social Scientist Offers An Unprecedented Look Inside Our Complex And Often Paradoxical Relationships With AnimalsDoes Living With A Pet Really Make People Happier And Healthier What Can We Learn From Biomedical Research With Mice Who Enjoyed A Better Quality Of Life The Chicken On A Dinner Plate Or The Rooster Who Died In A Saturday Night Cockfight Why Is It Wrong To Eat The Family Dog Drawing On Than 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 Dr Herzog S Groundbreaking Research On Animal Rights Activists, Cockfighters, Professional Dog Show Handlers, Veterinary Students, And Biomedical Researchers Blending Anthropology, 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 AmbivalenceAlternately Poignant, Challenging, And Laugh Out Loud Funny, This Enlightening And Provocative Book Will Forever Change The Way We Look At Our Relationships With Other Creatures And, Ultimately, How We See Ourselves Meh This book has a good title, but it s misleading Well, the part after the colon is misleading Some accurate titles for the book would be Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat It s Hard to Think Straight About Animals omitted the Why because he doesn t really pretend to answer that Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat It s Complicated Yep Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat Enough said Oh, and the book would be blank to save on a lot of redundancy The author has over 20 years of experience in the Anthrozoology field He feels the field is not very well known, but because he loves it so much, he wants everyone to know about it, so he did the indulgent thing and wrote a book saying look how cool Anthrozoology is without really giving anything very substantial about what the field has really learned about people I kid you not that the last sentence of the book is along the lines of Our relationships with animals are complicated than you might initially think I could have seen that coming though, after the third chapter, which felt like a complete rehash of the second chapter, which itself felt like a complete rehash of the first chapter After that there was a little variety in the chapters, but there was still a lot of redundancy of ideas, and big chunks of every chapter that felt like a literature review as he recounted this study done by these people at this place, and then this study done by these people at this place, which amounted to what felt like a lot of rambling Kind of like this review There were some interesting studies mentioned, but they usually just amounted to oh, that s interesting or oh, that s inconclusive, and after reading that over and over it was pretty dissatisfying The chapter on chickens was probably the strongest one There were some good anecdotes throughout, and some interesting people were introduced, but I didn t come to any greater appreciation for the human animal relationship through reading this book Just that, hey, it s complicated, which I already knew.