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For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History And Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/6/5
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For the Prevention of Cruelty is the first history of organized advocacy on behalf of animals in the United States to appear in nearly a half century. Diane Beers demonstrates how the cause has shaped and reshaped itself as it has evolved within the broader social context of the shift from an industrial to a postindustrial society.
Until now, the legacy of the movement in the United States has not been examined. Few Americans today perceive either the companionship or the consumption of animals in the same manner as did earlier generations. Moreover, powerful and lingering bonds connect the seemingly disparate American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the nineteenth century and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of today. For the Prevention of Cruelty tells an intriguing and important story that reveals society’s often changing relationship with animals through the lens of those who struggled to shepherd the public toward a greater compassion.
Publishers Weekly May 8, 2006 *Starred Review* Destined to become a classic in its field, historian Beers's study of the animal advocacy movement in the U.S. since the ASPC's founding in 1866 fills a glaring historical gap with exceptional style, accuracy and insight. Beers observes that while involvement in the animal rights movement has exploded since the 1975 publication of Peter Singer's Animal Liberation, with more than 7,000 organizations today representing more than 10 million members, the movement has "historical amnesia." To counter this, she shows how animal rights activism "has been far more successful historically and has had a far greater impact on society than previously suggested." Displaying an impressive mastery of social and environmental contexts, the author reviews a range of activism, from the influence of the abolitionist movement on the "radical humanists" working for the emancipation of animals in the post-Civil War era, through the antivivisection movement of the late 19th century (which numbered Mark Twain as a member), to the impact of historical legislation such as the 1958 federal Humane Slaughter Act. Beers delivers a superbly convincing account of how early animal advocates "made the developments of 1975 and the years thereafter possible." B&W illus. (July)
To understand the contemporary animal protection movement, there is no better place to start than Diane Beers's For the Prevention of Cruelty. She recounts the fascinating history of the anticruelty movement with insight and wisdom but also with criticism when it is deserved." --Kim W. Stallwood, Co-executive Director, Animals and Society Institute
"Diane Beers s history of animal advocacy in the United States isilluminating, authoritative, and highly readable. The story she tells is ofa movement that on the basis of a surprising depth of popular support hasmade steady if uneven progress, but has shown a lamentable tendencyto splinter and divide.
J. M. Coetzee"
A remarkably thorough treatise. Her writing is scholarly, but not stuffy, and her journalistic style is refreshingly unbiased.
"Daily Hampshire Gazette""
Beers claims the origins of organized animal advocacy are rooted in the abolition movement, and shows how other social-justice efforts, such as women s suffrage, child protection, temperance, and labor reform, attracted some of the same supporters.
" San Antonio Current""
Beers s concerns are thankfully painted with a broader brush. Her book is a fortifying experience.
"Destined to become a classic in its field, historian Beers's study of the animal advocacy movement in the U.S. since the ASPC's founding in 1866fills a glaring historical gap with exceptional style, accuracy and insight."
-- Publishers Weekly, May 8, 2006*Starred Review*
"Diane Beers's history of animal advocacy in the United States isilluminating, authoritative, and highly readable. The story she tells is ofa movement that on the basis of a surprising depth of popular support hasmade steady if uneven progress, but has shown a lamentable tendencyto splinter and divide."
-- J. M. Coetzee
"To understand the contemporary animal protection movement, there is nobetter place to start than Diane Beers's For the Prevention of Cruelty. Sherecounts the fascinating history of the anticruelty movement with insightand wisdom but also with criticism when it is deserved."
-- Kim W. Stallwood, Co-executive Director, Animals and Society Institute
"A remarkably thorough treatise. Her writing is scholarly, but not stuffy, and her journalistic style is refreshingly unbiased."
-- Daily Hampshire Gazette 商品の説明をすべて表示する
For the thoughtful insights into these issues and more, treat yourself to Diane Beers' "For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States." Beers, a professor of history at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts, has done what a writer within the animal-rights movement probably could not: given us a narrative that is at once a straightforward, authoritative account of the origins of animal rights activism and a compelling critique of the movement's triumphs and missteps from 1866 to 1975.
Animal activism, it turns out, is nearly as old as the word "vegetarian." Both sprang from England in the middle of the 19th century - one as a way to better define a culinary choice and the other to defend those caught in the crosshairs of humanity's hunger for scientific advancement, reliable transportation, momentary amusement and animal flesh. Exploring long-forgotten files in dusty broom closets in her pursuit of history, Beers unearths a remarkable story. Some of her discoveries are no surprise, such as that the founders of animal activism were mostly women. Yet others are downright revelatory. Who knew, for example, that activists convinced the Ringling-Barnum and Bailey Circus to stop using animal acts for five years?
The author introduces us to many of the compassionate individuals who helped forge the early movement - people like Ella Wilcox Wheeler, Anna Harris Smith and Henry Bergh, whom Beers describes as "the dynamo of American animal advocacy." But it is Caroline Earle White who leaps from the pages as the most inspiring and vocal activist of the 19th century. A passionate crusader, White helped create the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1867 and later founded the Anti-Vivisection Society of America.
The ideological struggle between reform and abolition for animals was palpable as activists in the 20th century battled groups formed to promote animal exploitation, confronted the tragic confluence of shelters and medical labs and organized against factory farming. Animal activism has now matured from what detractors once regarded as "a fringe cause dominated by hysterical, primarily female sentimentalists" into a growing concern for millions of ethically minded Americans.
If "For the Prevention of Cruelty" were simply a history of animal rights activism, it would be an indispensable work, both for its social commentary and as a chronicle of humane action. But the author takes the subject a step beyond, inviting readers to consider the impact of factions within the movement coming together with environmentalism to form a powerful, united coalition for animals and the planet. We have the work of early activists to thank for what we're able to accomplish today, and we have Diane Beers to thank for a skillfully written account that brings to life their efforts on behalf of the voiceless.
Mark Hawthorne, author of
Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism