Beauty in the Beasts
True Stories of Animals Who Choose to Do GoodBook - 2001
Well-known animal writer and advocate Kristin von Kreisler is, says Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, "among the leaders in an exciting new field of scholarship where we find that not only do we not own an animal, but that giving up that concept allows a new and deeper kind of friendship." In this book, von Kreisler has collected hundreds of accounts of that friendship: true stories from all over the world of cats, dogs, bears, horses, and more whose behavior proves that animals are capable of strong feelings, and that they can, as a result, choose to behave in ways that are virtuous and moral. Focusing on eight virtuous characteristics-compassion, loyalty, fortitude, courage, resourcefulness, sensitivity, cooperation, and generosity-von Kreisler combines moving anecdotes with fascinating interviews with scientists and animal experts to debunk the idea that the behavior of these creatures is driven only by instinct or self-interest. Animals, like people, can be hoodlums and troublemakers. But these real-life accounts show that they're also as capable of being "good" as we are.
Publisher: New York : J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, c2001
Characteristics: xix, 226 p. : ill. ; 22 cm