Domesticated Animals

Domesticated Animals


  • Animal Ethics in Context

    By Clare Palmer

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780231129053
    • Publisher: Columbia University Press
    • Published: August 2010
    "Animal Ethics in Context is an intensively researched, carefully structured intervention in ongoing debates about animals and ethics by a scholar with an impressive grasp of the literature."-Alice Crary, New School for Social ResearchIt is widely agreed that because animals feel pain we should not make them suffer gratuitously. Some ethical theories go even further: because of the capacities that they possess, animals have the right not to be harmed or killed. These views concern what not to do to animals, but we also face questions about when we should, and should not, assist animals that are hungry or distressed. Should we feed a starving stray kitten? And if so, does this commit us, if we are to be consistent, to feeding wild animals during a hard winter?In this controversial book, Clare Palmer advances a theory that claims, with respect to assisting animals, that what is owed to one is not necessarily owed to all, even if animals share similar psychological capacities. Context, history, and relation can be critical ethical factors. If animals live independently in the wild, their fate is not any of our moral business. Yet if humans create dependent animals, or destroy their habitats, we may have a responsibility to assist them. Such arguments are familiar in human casesùwe think that parents have special obligations to their children, for example, or that some groups owe reparations to others. Palmer develops such relational concerns in- the context of wild animals, domesticated animals, and urban scavengers, arguing that different contexts can create different moral relationships.
  • Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World

    By Andrew Rimas

    Our Price: $14.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061353857
    • Publisher: HARPER
    • Published: October 2009
    The cow. Central to human existence since time began, cows have served as a source of food, a means of labor, an economic resource, an inspiration for art, and even as a religious icon—many cultures worshipped the cow as a god. Beef is the captivating history of an animal whose relationship with humanity has shaped the world as we know it. Peppered with lively anecdotes and culinary tidbits, this engaging panoramic view of the cow's long and colorful history spans the globe—from ancient Mediterranean bullfighting rings to the rugged grazing grounds of eighteenth-century England, from the quiet farms of Japan's Kobe beef cows to crowded American stockyards and the remote villages in East Africa that are home to the Masai, to whom cattle mean everything. Leaving no stone unturned, Beef is not only a compelling story but a necessary call to arms, offering practical solutions for confronting the sad current condition of the wasteful and destructive beef and dairy industries. You will never look at steak the same way again.
  • Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying

    By Jenna Woginrich

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781603425841
    • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
    • Published: January 2011
    Chickens are the hottest new backyard “pet”! It seems that every Tom, Dick, and Susan wants to raise chickens in his or her backyard, whether that yard is one square foot or one hundred. There's nothing more local than an egg freshly laid right in your own yard. But what should you expect when you're adopting a couple of day-old chicks? In Chick Days, Jenna Woginrich, award-winning author of Made from Scratch, the homesteading memoir for the twenty-something generation, offers a highly entertaining and informative photographic guide for today's fledgling chick parent. Fun for the complete newbie and for families with young children, Chick Days chronicles the journey of three chickens from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to grown hens laying eggs. Day by day and week by week, readers watch the three starring chickens grow and change, learning about chicken behavior, feeding requirements, housing, hygiene, and health-care essentials, and fun facts on all things poultry. As Jenna herself says, “Chickens are more than 12-piece buckets, country diner kitsch, and egg whites. They're your backyard ambassadors to healthier eating and basic husbandry. Keeping chickens is a crash course in local eating. When you start collecting eggs you'll be eating so local you'll know the amount of cracked corn in the feeder at ground zero of your breakfast . . . ” Jenna's witty commentary is accompanied by the photography of Mars Vilaubi, who raised the three chickens himself, along with his wife and son. Their accompanying “chick diary” notes particular things this family learned and did along the way to make chicken raising fun. Presenting just the essential information in a highly visual and inviting format, Chick Days makes every stage of chicken life fun, entertaining, and, most of all, doable. It's sure to give any chicken lover or wannabe owner the confidence and enthusiasm to join the flock!
  • Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America

    By Virginia DeJohn Anderson

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780195304466
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: January 2006
    In keeping livestock, early American settlers inadvertently laid the groundwork for expansionism, as shown in a fascinating look at the earliest conflicts between the American colonists and the Native Americans, conflicts that had their roots in the domestication of animals.
  • Dogs: Domestication & the Development of a Social Bond

    By Darcy F. Morey

    Our Price: $96.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780521760065
    • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UP
    • Published: April 2010
    This book traces the evolution of the dog, from its origins about 15,000 years ago up to recent times. The timing of dog domestication receives attention, with comparisions between different genetics-based models &archaeological evidence. Allometric patterns between dogs & their ancestors, wolves, shed light on the nature of the morphological changes that dogs underwent. Dog burials highlight a unifying theme of the whole book: the developmentof a distinctive social bond between dogs & people. The book also explores why dogs & people relate so well to each other.
  • The Donkey Companion: Selecting, Training, Breeding, Enjoying, and Caring for Donkeys

    By Sue Weaver

    Our Price: $26.95
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781603420389
    • Publisher: STOREY BOOKS
    • Published: August 2008
    In The Donkey Companion, Sue Weaver provides everything a donkey owner needs to know. She offers detailed information about different breeds and types of donkeys; explains how to find and select the right animal; addresses daily care and health requirements; and guides readers through the nuances of training, riding, driving, and breeding. The book is enhanced with fun facts, training tips, quotes, photographs, illustrations, and information on additional resources. From foaling to first aid, from grooming to professional showing, this extensive guide has everything a donkey owner needs to get the most out of this gentle, hardworking animal.
  • Extraordinary Chickens

    By Stephen Green-Armytage

    Our Price: $25.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810933439
    • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers
    • Published: October 2000
    Descriptions and color photos of distinctive breed.
  • Extraordinary Pigs

    By Stephen Green-Armytage

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810997424
    • Publisher: Abrams
    • Published: March 2011
    Presents a photographic account of the different worldwide breeds of pig and wild boar, and includes anecdotes about the pig breeds and their history with humans.
  • Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, a Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese

    By Brad Kessler

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781416561002
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Published: June 2010
    Goat Song is the story of a year in the life of a couple who abandoned their one-bedroom apartment in New York City to live on seventy-five acres in Vermont and raise Nubian goats. In poetic, reverent detail, Brad Kessler explores our ancient relationship to the land and our gradual alienation from the animals that feed us. His fascinating account traces his journey of choosing the goats and learning how to breed, milk, and care for them. As Kessler begins to live the life of a herder, he encounters the pastoral roots of so many aspects of Western culture---how our diet, our alphabet, our religions, poetry, and economy all grew out of a pastoralist setting, a life lived among hoofed animals
  • The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345496096
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: April 2007
    A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, author Montgomery was more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet, with no inkling that this piglet would not only survive but flourish--and she soon found herself engaged with her small-town community in ways she had never dreamed possible. Unexpectedly, Christopher provided this traveler with something she had sought all her life: an anchor to family and home. This book celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, with his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart, a great big Buddha master. Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous soul who just so happened to be a pig--lessons about self-acceptance, the meaning of family, the value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth.--From publisher description.An ardent nature lover describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community.
  • Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers: The Past & Future of Human-Animal Relationships

    By Richard W. Bulliet

    Our Price: $95.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780231130769
    • Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PRESS
    • Published: August 2005
    Richard W. Bulliet has long been a leading figure in the study of human-animal relations, & in this book, he offers a sweeping & engaging perspective on this dynamic relationship from prehistory to the present. By considering the shifting roles of donkeys, camels, cows, & other domesticated animals in human society, as well as their place in the social imagination, Bulliet reveals the different ways various cultures have reinforced, symbolized, & rationalized their relations with animals.
  • The Inner World of Farm Animals: Their Amazing Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Capacities

    By Amy Hatkoff

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781584797487
    • Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang
    • Published: April 2009
    Chickens can count. Pigs are smarter than poodles. Cows form close friendships. Turkeys know one another by their voices, and sheep recognize faces?of other sheep, and of people. Far from lacking thoughts and feelings, barnyard creatures demonstrate sophisticated problem-solving abilities, possess rich social lives, and feel a wide range of emotions. In other words, they're much like humans in countless ways. And, like us, they suffer physical pain and mental anguish.In The Inner World of Farm Animals, Amy Hatkoff combines the latest research on the emotional and intellectual capacities of farm animals with touching?and often surprising?stories to bring their inner world to life. Soulful photographs of cows, goats, lambs, and other barnyard animals complement the text, and add to the belief that these creatures deserve our attention. In this heartfelt book, Hatkoff joins the growing call for treating these sentient, aware beings with compassion and respect. "THE INNER WORLD OF FARM ANIMALS will surely change your mind about the emotional lives of these wonderful beings. Moving stories of Alice, a doting and dancing turkey, Hope and Johnny, two loving pigs, and Olivia, a goat with a wonderful personality, woven in with the latest scientific research, make it clear that we must stop abusing them and other hapless animals for our own selfish needs. The easiest way for us to increase our compassion footprint is to appreciate animals for who they are -- amazing individuals who care deeply about what happens to them."--Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play, and Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (with Jessica Pierce) "All animal lovers will love this book. Farm animals are sentient and they have true emotions. The photography in the book is gorgeous."--Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation "A beautiful, evocative, and pretty much perfect book--this book will leave you changed for the better."--Rory Freedman, co-author of Skinny Bitch "This beautiful, well-researched book should make every meat-eater think differently about the lives of the animals that turn up on his or her plate."--Peter Singer "Amy Hatkoff's insightful book addresses a question we've finally started asking: just how evolved is our place in the food chain, anyway? It's time we realized we are dealing with sentient beings rather than assembly-line widgets. Books like this one point to a more enlightened road: the future depends on us taking it."--Dan Barber, Owner and Executive Chef, Blue Hill restaurants "The Inner World of Farm Animals brings together a fascinating mix of science and story-telling about the intelligence and emotional lives of farm animals. A treasure-trove book, which will delight, amaze, cause laughter and, possibly, a tear or two."--Joyce d'Silva, Compassion in World Farming
  • Keeping Watch: 30 Sheep, 24 Rabbits, 2 Llamas, 1 Alpaca, and a Shepherdes with a Day Job

    By Kathryn A. Sletto

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780873517706
    • Publisher: BOREALIS BOOKS
    • Published: March 2010
    Kathy Sletto and her husband were both raised on farms, love animals, and together own a a picturesque plot of land, so it seemed only natural that one of them should quit their job and live off the land. The job fell to Sletto who was especially fond of animals. In the beginning, there were just two sheep, but eventually, llamas, an alpaca, and angora rabbits also entered the picture. Sletto treats her animals as if they were members of the family and sees special qualities in each one, including Tony - the lonely, lamb-loving alpaca. Sletto writes about her zany adventures as a shepherdess in her book 'Keeping Watch.'
  • Living with Chickens

    By Jay Rossier

    Our Price: $18.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781592280131
    • Publisher: LYONS
    • Published: March 2004
    Discusses how to select, house, hatch, feed, and butcher chickens.