The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication

The Covenant of the Wild: Why Animals Chose Domestication

by Stephen Budiansky

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Animal rights extremists argue that eating meat is murder and that pets are slaves. This compelling reappraisal of the human-animal bond, however, shows that domestication of animals is not an act of exploitation but a brilliantly successful evolutionary strategy that has benefited humans and animals alike.

“Budiansky’s slim, elegant discourse is a persuasive counterweight to the pastoral delusions of sentimentalists intent on seeing humans as malevolently at odds with the noble animal kingdom.”—Manuela Hoelterhoff, Wall Street Journal

“Forcefully argued and eloquent.”—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

“A subtle look at the mysteries of evolution and a stinging response to animal-rights extremists. . . . Ambrosia for anyone—whether in agreement with Budiansky or not—who appreciates the beauty of an argument that combines careful scholarship with common sense.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Budiansky argues his thesis clearly and cogently.”—Daily Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300079937
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/10/1999
Edition description: PBK ED
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Yale Edition vii
Preface to the First Edition xvii
Acknowledgments xxi
Visions of Nature
Civilization's Progress; or, Who Invented the Dog?
The Virtues of Defenselessness
The Species That Came In from the Cold
Youthful Designs
No Turning Back
Human Pieties
A Natural Ethic
Reference List 173(8)
Index 181

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