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  1. Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy
    Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy
    Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy
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  2. Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy

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The contemporary animal rights movement encompasses a wide range of sometimes-competing agendas from vegetarianism to animal liberation. For people for whom pets are family members—animal lovers outside the fray—extremist positions in which all human–animal interaction is suspect often discourage involvement in the movement to end cruelty to other beings. In Loving Animals, Kathy Rudy argues that in order to achieve such goals as ending animal testing and factory farming, activists need to be better attuned to the profound emotional, even spiritual, attachment that many people have with the animals in their lives.

Offering an alternative to both the acceptance of animal exploitation and radical animal liberation, Rudy shows that a deeper understanding of the nature of our feelings for and about animals can redefine the human–animal relationship in a positive way. Through extended interviews with people whose lives are intertwined with animals, analysis of the cultural representation of animals, and engaging personal accounts, she explores five realms in which humans use animals: as pets, for food, in entertainment, in scientific research, and for clothing. In each case she presents new methods of animal advocacy to reach a more balanced and sustainable relationship association built on reciprocity and connection.

Using this intense emotional bond as her foundation, Rudy suggests that the nearly universal stories we tell of living with and loving animals will both broaden the support for animal advocacy and inspire the societal changes that will improve the lives of animals—and humans—everywhere.

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This very odd book is being marketed as a debunking of an animal-rights position based on "analytical philosophy," one that recommends replacing it with narrative (stories about how we love animals) and an Eastern idea of "connectedness." A couple of things make this strange. One is that she's attacking something of a straw man-- while I think it's the PETA position on pets that is her target (?), the argument for animal rights is far-ranging, and certainly people who have been advocating for decades against factory farms on the basis of environmental damage, or for apex predators because of the roles they play in ecosystems, will be bemused to discover that they need to learn about "connectedness." There are also worrying implications for basing animal rights on the animals we love AND THAT CAN LOVE US-- a problem beautifully portrayed by Jonathan Safran Foer in just a couple of pages in Eating Animals as he describes Germans rallying to save Knut the polar bear-- while eating... Read more
Under-researched, over-simplified, sentimental, often factually wrong, often tautological, etc. See Carol Adams's wonderful response to Rudy:


On the University of Minnesota website, you can read even more misinformation by Kathy Rudy, such as her claim that animal welfare and rights organizations have too many rules and policies for people who care about animals to accept so they're turned off, and she repeats over and over variations on the theme that the major animal advocacy organizations alienate folks by requiring that their employees (and members) all be vegan. This is absolutely not true for major organizations like PETA, HSUS, ALDF, and ASPCA (can't imagine what other organizations she's referring to). Maybe Rudy should read PETA's employment section ("compassion" seems to be the main criterion). Building arguments on patently false information is deceptive and unethical.

Sorry, Rudy, but love is not the answer. Other preposterous... Read more
It must be first noted that Kathy Rudy has absolutely no relevant credentials that give her credibility to write about animal rights or animal welfare issues. Her background is in feminism and ethics, subjects she teaches at Duke University. She has achieved nothing in the world of animal rights, headed no organizations, lobbied for no laws, nothing. Keep that in mind if you read this poorly written and (yes) dangerous diatribe which is possibly the first of its kind: An attack on the animal rights movement from the left.

There are so many factually inaccurate statements in this book, but probably the most frightening statement she makes is that enslaving animals is actually freedom. Her basic premise is that wildlife is doomed to extinction, so zoos are actually a great thing for the remaining animals. How a college professor can publish such drivel is really astonishing, and it is really a shame that she has a captive audience at Duke to imprint this nonsense on. It's... Read more
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