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In the company of animals : a study of human-animal relationships

Author: James Serpell
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Looks at pet-keeping in various cultures and times, examines the distinction made between pets and domesticated animals, and discusses the ethical issues related to the treatment of animals.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Serpell
ISBN: 0631145362 9780631145363
OCLC Number: 13329113
Description: vii, 215 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. A paradox. Of pigs and pets --
pt. 2. The case against pets. Substitutes for people --
Instruments of follie --
Pets in tribal socieities --
A cuckoo in the next --
pt. 3. An alternative view. Pets as panacea --
Health and friendship --
Four-legged friends --
pt. 4. Exploitation and sympathy: a conflict of interests. They myth of human supremacy --
Killer with a conscience --
Licensed to kill --
The fall from grace.
Responsibility: James Serpell.

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Looks at pet-keeping in various cultures and times, examines the distinction made between pets and domesticated animals, and discusses the ethical issues related to the treatment of animals.

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