Part investigative journalism and part call to action, this book explores how we have disregarded and even perverted our duty towards animals. Avoiding the extremes of more radical animal rights advocates, it argues against the popular notion that animals are not conscious of their own lives.
In the Book of Genesis, God grants mankind "dominion" over other animals. But with such power comes an important responsibility: To treat them with kindness. Part investigative journalism and part call to action, DOMINION explores how we have disregarded and even perverted that duty towards animals. Building a case that avoids the extremes of more radical animal rights advocates, Matthew Scully argues against the popular and "scientifically proven" notions that animals cannot feel pain, experience no emotions and are not conscious of their own lives. Moving from that biblical injunction to a safari convention and a hellish factory farm, and finally taking a critical look at the most influential writers about animals, DOMINION is painful, infuriating, controversial, passionate and deeply intelligent - a book of lasting power and importance for all of us.
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"Scully's riveting account... shows how unspeakable and systematic animal cruelty is the currency of a soulless industry that has shattered American rural communities, poisoned our soils, air, and water, made family farmers an endangered species, and undermined our democracy. Scully's book gently questions whether we can foster human dignity in a society that treats other sentient beings as production units." --- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr."Matthew Scully has set forth a case - in a wry and riveting manner - that will resonate with any reader who values logical reasoning and ethical conduct. I expect that Dominion will be the most influential book on animal protection in the last twenty-five years." -- Wayne Pacelle, Senior Vice President, The Humane Society of the United States
About Matthew Scully
Matthew Scully served from January 2001 until June 2002 as special assistant and senior speechwriter to President George W. Bush. He worked in the president's 2000 campaign and has also written for vice presidents Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney, and for the late Pennsylvania governor Robert P. Casey. A former Literary Editor for the "National Review," he has been published in various periodicals including "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," and "The Wall Street Journal." He lives with his wife, Emmanuelle, in northern Virginia.
Dominion by Matthew Scully
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