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The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human

John Bradshaw.
Item #: D01602
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 384 / 2017
Publisher: Basic.
ISBN: 9780465064816
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More than half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, and many contain both, valued solely for their companionship—a significant change from only a century ago, when the majority of domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, or herding sheep. As mankind becomes more urban and detached from nature, we seem to cling to the animals that served us well in the past, posits anthrozoologist John Bradshaw. With illustrated examples dating back to ancient times, he argues that pet-keeping is an intrinsic part of human nature; an affinity for animals drove our evolution, and if we do not continue this symbiotic relationship, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

 

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