Origins of Attitudes Towards Animals

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Jenia Meng, 2009 - Animals - 372 pages
Origins of Attitudes towards Animals is a truth-seeking journey that takes the study of attitudes towards animals to the global scale. The book relies on rigorous mathematical analysis of large amounts of data to make unprecedented discoveries about animal protection. Origins of Attitudes towards Animals steps off the path of focusing on animal welfare, which is only one aspect of animal protection, and reveals the science, philosophy, and cultural factors behind different groups of peoples' attitudes towards animals, worldwide. The book is based on the results of the ground-breaking survey research project, Global Attitudes to Animals Survey, which was initiated and managed by the author. Thousands of people around world were involved in the project, including many renowned academics, who worked as collaborators. The book also includes comprehensive and critical reviews of a large amount of existing literature. The quality of the study, in consideration of the issues it covers, the number of survey participants and the complexity of the mathematical methods applied, has no peers in academia. The book is a must-read for animal activists and people who are interested in the academic study of animal protection, and it contains a treasure-trove of data for researchers. To gain a full understanding of the study,knowledge of key mathematical techniques, such as factor analysis is required. Areas covered by the book include: Animal behaviour, anthropology, biology, chemistry, cosmology, cultural study, ethics, finance, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, religion, and veterinary science. It is also available as an E-Book.

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This is the only book I have seen that contains such a comprehensive, deep look at animal protection around the world. The survey it is based on is truly huge and the areas covered in the book are as surprising and refreshing as the study's findings. I had quite a few assumptions about animal protection before reading this, such as thinking that animal welfare equates to animal protection, and assuming certain cultures are cruel to animals, when I actually had it backwards. I think the future of the highest quality research findings will be from interdisciplinary studies like this one. I highly recommend this book for anyone curious about animal protection around the world. 



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