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The Secret World of Farm Animals (Paperback)

By Masson, Jeffrey

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This is a book about farm animals - chickens, cows, sheep and goats - and what they think and feel. As with his previous bestsellers on animal emotions, Jeffrey Masson reveals that these creatures, so often despised or abused, feel complex emotions - among them love, loyalty, fri... read full description below.

ISBN 9781529111026
Barcode 9781529111026
Published 4 June 2019 by Vintage
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ISBN-13 9781529111026
ISBN-10 1529111021
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 4 June 2019
International Publication Date 4 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Masson, Jeffrey
Category Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Animals & Society
Psychology
Farm & Working Animals
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 256g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Emotions in animals, Domestic animals - Behavior, Psychology, Comparative
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 156.2
Catalogue Code 985982

Description of this Book

This is a book about farm animals - chickens, cows, sheep and goats - and what they think and feel. As with his previous bestsellers on animal emotions, Jeffrey Masson reveals that these creatures, so often despised or abused, feel complex emotions - among them love, loyalty, friendship, sadness, grief and sorrow. The domesticated animals living on our farms are very little removed from their wild ancestors, and keep the emotions that belong to those animals when they lived free. This means that the confinement farm animals are subjected to is painful and that those enduring factory farm conditions are suffering little less than torture. Thinking about the wild ancestors of farm animals allows us to answer many questions that were once considered unanswerable. Those answers, however uncomfortable, are at last providing insights into the personalities and needs of the animals on whom we depend.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An entertaining survey of the main characteristics of farmed animals and a sobering account of how these have been ignored * Guardian * Presents information and anecdotes without ever preaching * Independent on Sunday * Compassionate, compelling and often tear-jerking... Anyone who has a heart will be reduced to tears, if not to vegetarianism, by Masson's argument * Daily Mail * In this latest leg of Jeffrey Moussaieff's journey through the animal kingdoms, this perceptive writer peels back our prejudices to reveal the depth of feeling and thought in animals' minds and the leap we must make to be worthy of understanding them. Eye-opening, warm, thoroughly engaging -- Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA Wrenching, yet vitally important... At last a voice for the domestic animals who need it most. While every attention is paid to wild animals and to pets, farm animals are systematically ignored because the fact that we kill and eat these sentient beings is almost unbearable to acknowledge. Yet if that is what we are doing, we must acknowledge it. We must understand our actions. This powerful, excellent book is not for cowards -- Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Lives of Dogs
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jeffrey Masson graduated from the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute and was briefly Projects Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. The book he wrote with Susan McCarthy on animal emotions, When Elephants Weep (1994), became a bestseller in the United States. Since then he has published nine books on animals and their emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love, The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats and most recently, The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving. He lives with his family in Auckland, New Zealand.

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