Jean Kazez    -    Wiley-Blackwell    -   January 2010   -    Amazon



From the book jacket:


“Combining both philosophical concepts and practical examples of the application of the concepts, this book will make readers on both sides of animal issues think very deeply. Essential reading for everyone who is interested in ethical issues regarding the use of animals.” Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, author of Animals in Translation


Animalkind raises all the important ethical questions about how we should treat animals. Whether you are a meat-eater or a vegan, after reading Jean Kazez’s lively and concise book, you’ll be provoked to think long and hard about her arguments.” Peter Singer, Princeton University, author of Animal Liberation and In Defense of Animals: The Second Wave


“An interesting read about the complex, challenging, and frustrating aspects of human–animal relationships. Whether or not you agree with the author’s personal choices and stance, this book will force you to think more deeply about who we are and who ‘they’ are and why we need to change the ways in which we treat and mistreat other beings.” Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (with Jessica Pierce)



Animal lovers in today’s world are a curious breed. Many dote on their dogs and cats, demand equal rights for horses and apes – and then happily devour pigs and chickens. So how are we truly supposed to think of and treat animals? Animalkind:What We Owe to Animals explores the crucial ethical differences between humans and animals. Occupying the middle ground between extreme egalitarianism and outright dismissal, the book instead advocates a position of respect for animals, treatment not afforded to the current inhabitants of factory farms and animal labs.


Starting from the beginning, when animals were first used as resources, Kazez takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of animal exploitation. After illustrating how the relatively benign exploitation of animals became malignant, she reveals the startling fact that livestock and feedcrops now occupy a full third of the earth’s land surface. With so many animals at our mercy – and the environment hanging in the balance – there is more reason than ever to take a fresh look at our complex and contradictory relationship with animals.


While providing a serious philosophical discussion of a sensitive issue, the book also covers lighter topics, from Descartes’s dinner menu to Montezuma’s albino zoo and the author’s personal dietary struggles. Animalkind ultimately urges us to revere all forms of life, the human kind as well as the animal kind, while respecting important differences.






Introduction: Wondering in Alaska.

Part I: Before.
1. The Myth of Consent
2. The Order of Things.  

Part II: The Nature of the Beast.
3. Animal Consciousness.
4. Dumb Brutes?  

Part III: All Due Respect.
5. The Lives of Animals.
6. Caveman Ethics.  

Part IV: Moral Disorders.
7. Going, Going, Wrong.
8. Science and Survival.  

Part V: Next.
9. Vanishing Animals.
10. The Endless Story.

Annotated Sources.





Pictures from the book by Ruth Talman Kazez