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Pages: 360

Language: English

Publisher: Yale University Press (2 May 2017)

By: G. A. Bradshaw(Author)

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Myth and media typically cast animals we consider predators or carnivores as unthinking killers-dangerous, unpredictable, and devoid of emotion. But is this portrait valid? By exploring their inner lives, this pioneering book refutes the many misperceptions that hide the true nature of these animals. We discover that great white sharks express tender maternal feelings, rattlesnakes make friends, orcas abide by an ancient moral code, and much more. Using the combined lenses of natural history, neuroscience, and psychology, G. A. Bradshaw describes how predators share the rainbow of emotions that humans experience, including psychological trauma. Renowned for leading research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in elephants and other species, Bradshaw decries the irrational thinking behind wildlife policies that equate killing carnivores with "conservation." In its place, she proposes a new, ethical approach to coexistence with the planet's fiercest animals.

"The Western world has long kept non-humans in conceptual boxes, distanced from the rest of the living world. Gay Bradshaw does the opposite. By removing artificial dividers, she shows the overlapping abilities and experiences among species and illuminates new perspectives for us to consider."--Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel--Carl Safina"Carl Safina" (10/19/2016)"This may be the most exciting, most informative, and most surprising book ever written about animals. It results from a new approach to animal studies, and the findings are overwhelming."--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas"Elizabeth Marshall Thomas" (10/19/2016)"Bradshaw continues to carve out an immensely important and innovative field that combines animal behavior and psychology, with deep inter-mind--and soul--sensibilities. Beautifully written. This book is a catalyst for societal change."-Peter H. Kahn, Jr., University of Washington--Peter Kahn"Peter Kahn" (07/12/2016)"With panache and care, Gay Bradshaw tackles myths about carnivores. She moves the reader to greater understanding and empathy--critical tasks if we are going to increase humanity's concern for carnivore thriving." -Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame--Darcia Narvaez"Darcia Narvaez" (07/21/2016)"Gripping...Gay Bradshaw informs, educates, challenges, and exposes biases about carnivores. We need to stop excluding these animals from the ambit of human ethical concern."--John Gluck, author of Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals: A Primate Scientist's Ethical Journey--John Gluck"John Gluck" (08/03/2016)"The book forces us to regard other species--those dangerous, frightening, predatory ones that occasionally kill us--in a new light." -Luke Hunter, Panthera--Luke Hunter"Luke Hunter" (10/26/2016)


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