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Animals and the Environment
Advocacy, activism, and the quest for common ground

Edited By

Lisa Kemmerer

ISBN 9781138825888
Published May 7, 2015 by Routledge
364 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.