The Pig Who Sang to the Moon

The Emotional World of Farm Animals

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780307417299

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s groundbreaking bestseller, When Elephants Weep, was the first book since Darwin’s time to explore emotions in the animal kingdom, particularly from animals in the wild. Now, he focuses exclusively on the contained world of the farm animal, revealing startling, irrefutable evidence that barnyard creatures have feelings too, even consciousness. Weaving history, literature, anecdotes, scientific studies, and Masson’s own vivid experiences observing pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens over the course of five years, this important book at last gives voice, meaning, and dignity to these gentle beasts that are bred to be milked, shorn, butchered, and eaten. Can we ever know what makes an animal happy? Many animal behaviorists say no. But Jeffrey Masson has a different view: An animal is happy if it can live according to its own nature. Farm animals suffer greatly in this regard. Chickens, for instance, like to perch in trees at night, to avoid predators and to nestle with friends. The obvious conclusion: They cannot be happy when confined twenty to a cage. From field and barn, to pen and coop, Masson bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable farm animals, each unique with distinct qualities. Curious, intelligent, self-reliant–many will find it hard to believe that these attributes describe a pig. In fact, there is much that humans share with pigs. They dream, know their names, and can see colors. Mother cows mourn the loss of their calves when their babies are taken away to slaughter. Given a choice between food that is nutritious or lacking in minerals, sheep will select the former, balancing their diet and correcting the deficiency. Goats display quite a sense of humor, dignity, and fearlessness (Indian goats have been known to kill leopards). Chickens are naturally sociable–they will gather around a human companion and stand there serenely preening themselves or sit quietly on the ground beside someone they trust. For far too long farm animals have been denigrated and treated merely as creatures of instinct rather than as sentient beings. Shattering the abhorrent myth of the “dumb animal without feelings,” Jeffrey Masson has written a revolutionary book that is sure to stir human emotions far and wide. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Pig who Sang to the Moon

The Emotional World of Farm Animals

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345452828

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 5398

The author of When Elephants Weep examines the complex emotional lives of barnyard creatures, exploring evidence of such feelings as love, loyalty, friendship, sadness, sorrow, and grief, and draws on his own experiences and observations, as well as scientific research, history, and literature to reveal the intelligence and emotions of these animals. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
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When Elephants Weep

The Emotional Lives of Animals

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307574202

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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This national bestseller exploring the complex emotional lives of animals was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and as "marvelous" by Jane Goodall. The popularity of When Elephants Weep has swept the nation, as author Jeffrey Masson appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and was profiled in People for his ground-breaking and fascinating study. Not since Darwin's The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals has a book so thoroughly and effectively explored the full range of emotions that exist throughout the animal kingdom. From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, Masson and coauthor Susan McCarthy bring forth fascinating anecdotes and illuminating insights that offer powerful proof of the existence of animal emotion. Chapters on love, joy, anger, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness are framed by a provocative re-evaluation of how we treat animals, from hunting and eating them to scientific experimentation. Forming a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals, When Elephants Weep assures that we will never look at animals in the same way again. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Dogs Never Lie About Love

Why Your Dog Will Always Love You More Than Anyone Else

Author: Jeffrey Masson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409002489

Category: Pets

Page: 368

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How well do you know your dog? Did you know that dogs have dreams and fears? That they do see colour, that they smell electric storms, and feel scent as an emotion? Jeffrey Masson takes us into the world of the dog, a world created by a sense of smell one hundred million times more acute than ours, and reintroduces us to man's best friend - loyal, honest, straightforward, spontaneous and almost unbelievably forgiving. Drawing on observations of his own three dogs, as well as true stories of dogs' friendship, heroism and loyalty, Masson makes us laugh, cry and think again about our canine companions, who, unlike humans, will never lie about love.
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Ninety-Five

Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs

Author: No Voice Unheard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780972838757

Category: Nature

Page: 161

View: 1943

How amazing it is to learn from this most extraordinary book just how beautiful chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows and other farm animals can be. This is a rare and life-changing book. It evokes a sense of wonder, joy and awe, and a recognition of how interwoven we are with all of life.---John Robbins, author of The New Good Life and Diet For A New America One of the most beautiful books I have ever seen, in every respect: the photographs, the loving stories, the philosophy behind the stories, the delightful tales, the sheer exuberance of the animals and their human companions - it is a perfect book!...Captures something missing from almost all other books about farmed animals. There is so much heart in this book, to rival the heart that the animals themselves display.---Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon and The Face on Your Plate Join us as we visit sanctuaries and homes across the country to discover the animals most of us never have a chance to meet - America's farmed animals. This collection of stories and photographs by rescuers, caregivers and animal lovers will show you a side of these animals you may not have thought possible. Far from the unthinking, unfeeling beings they are often portrayed as, the animals in Ninety-Five reveal themselves to be as distinctive as the dogs and cats with whom many of us share our homes: complex creatures with remarkable personalities, depth, emotions, quirks, relationships and individuality. From Justice, the steer who broke out of a truck on the way to the slaughterhouse and who is now the self-appointed "greeter" at his sanctuary, to Gilly, a small white hen rescued from a factory egg farm who found quiet happiness in a loving home, each animal has a compelling story that will captivate. Beautiful photos complement, allowing us the chance to get up close and personal, and to look into their eyes - the "windows of the soul" - and see the extraordinary spark of life they hold. Some of the animals will make you chuckle, others will move you, some may bring tears to your eyes, and some will just give you something to think about. All of them are fascinating. Come with us on a journey to meet them... Everything has its own voice. Thunder and lightning and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees-all these have voices, and they constitute a community of existence that is profoundly related.---Thomas Berry No Voice Unheard is a non-profit publisher of beautiful and creative books that are cutting edge in their content and presentation, giving voice to those who are often ignored or disregarded by society, and illuminating important social issues frequently overlooked by profit-driven publishers. Our mission is to promote an ethic of compassion and respect for all living beings and the planet we share, and encourage a deeper awareness of the effects our actions have on the lives and existence of animals, the environment, and our fellow human beings. We passionately believe in the power of books to create change.
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Slipping into Paradise

Why I Live in New Zealand

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307491048

Category: Travel

Page: 272

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In the tradition of Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence, here is Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s ode to his personal paradise–his adopted home, New Zealand. After living in California, why did Masson settle– out of all the places on earth–in such a faraway land? It turns out that while visiting a beautiful sandy beach just fifteen minutes from bustling Auckland, Masson and his family were utterly seduced by the exotic locale. There was little deliberation. This place, surrounded by lush forest on a bay dotted with volcanic islands, would be their new home. Masson takes readers on a remarkable journey to another world, as he and his family “slip into” the paradise that is New Zealand. For anyone who has ever dreamed of finding utopia, Masson reveals a country where neighbors talk to one another and provide a sense of real community–rarely, outside of the big cities, locking their doors–and where politics are as mellow as the weather. New Zealand is also a land of spectacular scenery, made even more famous for being the shooting location for the Lord of the Rings films. The flora is plentiful. Mangroves, banana plants, papaya trees, and more than ten thousand species of ferns grow wild and freely. The fauna is benign. There are no snakes, tarantulas, or scorpions. Children can walk to school barefoot without a care– there is nothing to sting them, bite them, or give them a rash. In the blue waters near the lush coastline, dolphins and orcas abound. While describing his love affair with the country and his affinity for its citizens, Masson reflects on the meaning of home, the importance of acting on intuition, and what happens when we lose our connection to the place we live in. Responding to an impulse, Masson reveals, he realized a dream. Featuring a its glossary of phrases used by New Zealanders and important Maori words, as well as the author’s recommended travel itinerary, Slipping into Paradise is ideal for anyone planning a visit to this exquisite land. Full of photographs, delightful anecdotes, and little-known facts (jogging, for example, was invented in New Zealand), Slipping into Paradise is also a book for those who fantasize about dramatically changing their lives–and who imagine something better for themselves. Jeffrey Masson’s message: New Zealand awaits. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats

A Journey Into the Feline Heart

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345448839

Category: Nature

Page: 260

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The best-selling author of When Elephants Weep journeys into the mysteries of the feline mind, drawing on personal observations of his own five cats to illuminate the diverse ways in which cats reveal their emotions, and examines the fascinating evolution of the cat from solitary jungle predator to human companion. Reprint.
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The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving

How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062014323

Category: Pets

Page: 272

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Dog lovers get ready – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, international bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love (which the San Francisco Chronicle calls "winning and wise," and "a charming paean to our best friends"), is back with an inspiring, heart-warming, and deeply personal exploration of the unique relationship between humans and dogs. As in When Elephants Weep, The Face on Your Plate, an The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, Masson blends cultural mythology, scientific research, and stories of his own experiences to tackle deep questions about the emotional lives of humans and animals. His compelling, elegant, and often humorous narrative about the love people feel for dogs (perfect for fans of John Grogan's Marley & Me) gives a new perspective on the extraordinary relationship between our species.
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Beasts

What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608199916

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Bestselling author Jeffrey Masson shows us what the animals at the top of the food chain-orca whales, big cats, etc.-can teach us about the origins of good and evil in ourselves. In his previous bestsellers, Masson has showed us that animals can teach us much about our own emotions-love (dogs), contentment (cats), and grief (elephants), among others. In Beasts, he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild?? is a matter of projection. Animals predators kill to survive, but animal aggression is not even remotely equivalent to the violence of mankind. Humans are the most violent animals to our own kind in existence. We lack what all other animals have: a check on the aggression that would destroy the species rather than serve it. In Beasts, Masson brings to life the richness of the animal world and strips away our misconceptions of the creatures we fear, offering a powerful and compelling look at our uniquely human propensity toward aggression.
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My Lucky Day

Author: Keiko Kasza

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 014240456X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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When a young pig knocks on a fox's door, Mr. Fox thinks dinner has arrived, but the pig has other plans, in a funny trickster tale with a surprise ending. Reprint. BOMC.
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Dominion

The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

Author: Matthew Scully

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312319731

Category: Nature

Page: 448

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Argues for responsible action in the treatment of animals, challenging popular conceptions about animal feeling and awareness and profiling a safari convention, factory farm, and the works of top writers.
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The Emotional Lives of Animals

A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy — and Why They Matter

Author: Marc Bekoff

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577313488

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Based on award-winning scientist Marc Bekoff’s years studying social communication in a wide range of species, this important book shows that animals have rich emotional lives. Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love with the latest scientific research confirming the existence of emotions that common sense and experience have long implied. Filled with Bekoff’s light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.
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The Enchanted Pig

Author: Alasdair Middleton,Jonathan Dove

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783194200

Category: Drama

Page: 86

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King Hildebrand is off to war - again. He commands his three daughters not to enter a locked room in the palace. Naturally they do, and in it find the Book of Fate, which announces that two of them will marry handsome Kings, while the third, Flora, must wed a fat pig from the North. Drawing on Romanian and Norwegian folk tales with their origins in the myth of Cupid and Psyche, Alasdair Middleton weaves a fantastic musical story from traditional materials and takes us from palace to pigsty via the darkest corners of the universe in search of Flora's destiny. Funny and tender, miraculous and ridiculous, The Enchanted Pig moves heaven and earth for the sake of love and proves that even the best of men can be pigs. Some of the time. The Enchanted Pig opened at the Young Vic Theatre, London, in December 2006, with music by Jonathan Dove.
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Little Heathens

Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

Author: Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553384244

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

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A memoir from a schoolteacher of growing up in the heart of the Midwest during the Great Depression describes her close family life on an Iowa farm during a time of endless work and resourcefulness, with no tolerance for idleness or waste.
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Eternal Treblinka

Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust

Author: Charles Patterson

Publisher: Lantern Books

ISBN: 9781930051997

Category: Nature

Page: 296

View: 1985

This book explores the similar attitudes and methods behind modern society's treatment of animals and the way humans have often treated each other, most notably during the Holocaust. The book's epigraph and title are from "The Letter Writer," a story by the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer: "In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka." The first part of the book (Chapter 1-2) describes the emergence of human beings as the master species and their domination over the rest of the inhabitants of the earth. The second part (Chapters 3-5) examines the industrialization of slaughter (of both animals and humans) that took place in modern times. The last part of the book (Chapters 6-8) profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself. The Foreword is by Lucy Rosen Kaplan, former attorney for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and daughter of Holocaust survivors. Her foreword, the Preface and Afterword, excerpts from the book, chapter synopses, and an international list of supporters can be found on the book's website at: www.powerfulbook.com
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Under the Mountain Wall

A Chronicle of Two Seasons in Stone Age New Guinea

Author: Peter Matthiessen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101663200

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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A remarkable firsthand view of a lost culture in all its simplicity and violence by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927 to 2014), author of the National Book Award–winning The Snow Leopard and the novel In Paradise. In the Baliem Valley in central New Guinea live the Kurelu, a Stone Age tribe that survived into the twentieth century. Peter Matthiessen visited the Kurelu with the Harvard-Peabody Expedition in 1961 and wrote Under the Mountain Wall as an account not of the expedition, but of the great warrior Weaklekek, the swineherd Tukum, U-mue and his family, and the boy Weake, killed in a surprise raid. Matthiessen observes these people in their timeless rhythm of work and play and war, of gardening and wood gathering, feasts and funerals, pig stealing and ambushes. Drawing on his great skills as a naturalist and novelist, Matthiessen offers an exceptional account of an ancient culture on the brink of incalculable change.
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The Animal Activists' Handbook

Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World

Author: Matt Ball,Bruce Friedrich

Publisher: Lantern Books

ISBN: 1590561201

Category: Nature

Page: 117

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Matt Ball and Bruce Friedrich take the plight of the world's animals seriously and have dedicated their lives to ending their suffering. The Animal Activists' Handbook argues that meaning in life is to be found, quite simply, in turning away from the futile pursuit of "more," and focusing instead on leaving the planet a better place than you found it. The critical component of creating a better world for all is thoughtful, deliberate, and dedicated activism that takes suffering seriously. The authors build a ground-up case for reasoned, impassioned, and joyous activism that makes the most difference possible, and suggest a variety of ways to live a meaningful life through effective and ef¬cient advocacy.
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Altruistic Armadillos, Zenlike Zebras

Understanding the World's Most Intriguing Animals

Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1626366330

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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The New York Times–bestselling author of When Elephants Weep offers an A-to-Z compendium of creatures—with color photos included. From the elegant, lithe, and friendly cheetah to the diminutive and faithful seahorse, and from the gigantic and surprisingly warlike hippopotamus to the majestic gorilla, animals have long fascinated humans. In this appealing book, the author of Dogs Never Lie About Love and other bestsellers draws from his wealth of knowledge and a lifetime of fascination with the animal kingdom to present little-known information and thorough explanations for behaviors of animals both familiar and lesser-known. Arranged alphabetically, the entries are accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs and filled with fascinating facts, for a reading experience as enjoyable as it educational.
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Meatonomics

How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much—and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter

Author: David Robinson Simon

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1609258614

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways. Most importantly, we’ve lost the ability to decide for ourselves what – and how much – to eat. Those decisions are made for us by animal food producers who control our buying choices with artificially-low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation. Learn how and why they do it and how you can respond. Written in a clear and accessible style, Meatonomics provides vital insight into how the economics of animal food production influence our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity. Meatonomics is the first book to add up the huge “externalized” costs that the animal food system imposes on taxpayers, animals and the environment, and it finds these costs total about $414 billion yearly. With yearly retail sales of around $250 billion, that means that for every $1 of product they sell, meat and dairy producers impose almost $2 in hidden costs on the rest of us. But if producers were forced to internalize these costs, a $4 Big Mac would cost about $11.
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Holes

Author: Louis Sachar

Publisher: Yearling

ISBN: 9780307798367

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestselling, modern classic in which boys are forced to dig holes day in and day out is now available with a splashy new look. Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from Louis Sachar’s new middle-grade novel, Fuzzy Mud. "A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel." --The New York Times WINNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK AWARD A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK SELECTED FOR NUMEROUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND ALA HONORS From the Paperback edition.
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