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Animals and the Environment

Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisa Kemmerer


364 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Contemporary Earth and animal activists rarely collaborate, perhaps because environmentalists focus on species and ecosystems, while animal advocates look to the individual, and neither seems to have much respect for the other. This diverse collection of essays highlights common ground between earth and animal advocates, most notably the protection of wildlife and personal dietary choice.

If earth and animal advocates move beyond philosophical differences and resultant divergent priorities, turning attention to shared goals, both will be more effective – and both animals and the environment will benefit. Given the undeniable seriousness of the environmental problems that we face, including climate change and species extinction, it is essential that activists join forces. Drawing on a wide range of issues and disciplines, ranging from wildlife management, hunting, and the work of NGOs to ethics, ecofeminism, religion and animal welfare, this volume provides a stimulating collection of ideas and challenges for anyone else who cares about the environment or animals.

Table of Contents


Lisa Kemmerer

Part 1: Establishing and Exploring Common Ground

A. Foundations: Theoretical Connections

Poem: The Pika and the Desert Boot

Randall Gloege

1. Conflict and Accord: A Critical Review of Relations between Earth and Animal Advocacy

Lisa Kemmerer and Daniel Kirjner

2. Beyond Intersectionality to Total Liberation

Carol L. Glasser

3. Earthlings Seeking Justice: Integrity, Consistency, and Collaboration

Carrie P. Freeman

4. Caring for Earth and Her Creatures

Josephine Donovan

B. Common Ground: Wildlife an Wilderness

Poem: Bison Sculptures

Cara Chamberlain

5. Activism and Asian Wisdom: Oneness, Interdependence, Harmony

Lisa Kemmerer

6. Hunting Delusions

Lisa Kemmerer

7. Essential Elements for Elephants: Problems and Solutions

Valerie J. Chalcraft

8. Trapped: Individuals, Species, and Ecosystems at Risk

Lisa Kemmerer and Anja Heister

9. Seeing is Believing: Nature Films in a Patriarchal Culture

Melanie J. Martin

C. Common Ground: Dietary Choice

Poem: The Cicada Killer

Bernard Quetchenbach

10. So You Want to Stop Devouring Ecosystems? Do the Math!

John M. Halley

11. A Fishy Business

Lisa Kemmerer and Bethany Dopp

12. Farm Gone Factory: Industrial Animal Agriculture, Animal Welfare, and the Environment

Chris Hunt

13. Eating Ecosystems

Lisa Kemmerer

D. Common Ground: Raising Questions, Pondering Connections

Poem: Laridae

Cara Chamberlain

14. The Many and the One

Randall Gloege

15. A Better Balance for Wildlife: Conservation Research and Animal Activism

Jon E. Swenson

16. Plague

Bernard Quetchenbach

17. The Morning of the World

Cara Chamberlain

Part 2: Politics, Organized Activism, and Personal Encounters

A: Foundations: Community and Politics

Poem: Breathtaking Bit of Being

Lisa Kemmerer

18. Enforcing Human Rights for People, Animals, and the Planet

Debra Erenberg

19. Recipe for Cooperation: Omniocracy and the Definitional Good

Charlotte Laws

20. Deeper than Numbers: Consumers, Cows, and Condoms

Lisa Kemmerer, Daniel Kirjner, Jennifer Gross and Nathan Baillet

B. Bringing Change: Activists and NGOs

Poem: An Absurd Design

Randall Gloege

21. Hunting for a Trophy Hunting Ethic: Big Bears and Little Men (with Big Guns)

Chris Darimont, Chris Genovali, Christina Service and Paul Paquet

22. Camp Uganda

Haida Bolton

23. Preserving Earth is Protecting Animals

Phaik Kee Lim

C. Bringing Change: Personal Encounters and Reflections

Poem: Goldeneye, Vole

Tami Haaland

24. Keeping Caged Animals, Keepings Secrets: Working as a Zoo Keeper

Bethany Dopp

25. Intersections: Activism and the Natural Sciences

Xylem T. Galadhon

26. Ecology, Food and Holistic Politics

Deric Shannon

About the Editor

Lisa Kemmerer is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Montana State University, Billings, USA. She is the author or editor of a number of books on animal ethics, ecofeminism, animals and religion, and the environment.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animals / General
NATURE / Ecology