Does living with a pet really make people happier and healthier? What can students 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, a Professor of Psychology at Western Carolina University, 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: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals 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.
Praise for Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat:
"A fascinating, thoughtful, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of a major dimension of human experience."—Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Language Instinct : How the Mind Creates Language
"Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is one of a kind. I don't know when I've read anything more comprehensive about our highly involved, highly contradictory relationships with animals, relationships which we mindlessly, placidly continue no matter how irrational they may be." —Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Deer: Lessons from the Natural World
“Hal Herzog does for our relationships with animals what Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma did for our relationships with food. Presenting cutting-edge research and real-world stories with wit, sophistication, and charm, Herzog shows us that the relationships we have with animals, even the ones that just a minute ago seemed so sensible, are riddled with contradictions and complexities. The book is a joy to read, and no matter what your beliefs are now, it will change how you think.” —Sam Gosling, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin, and author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You