Advocates for animals An inside look at the extraordinary efforts to end animal suffering
Book - 2017
"In Advocates for Animals, Lori B. Girshick not only provides a better understanding of the laws surrounding animal rights but also looks at the nonprofit organizations and people who are making a huge difference in today's growing animal protection community. These volunteers and organizations fill the gap in what laws, policies, practices, and services do not address for animal rights/protection. Through the personal reflections of 204 individuals who volunteer or work with animals i...n a wide range of circumstances, we learn about their paths to involvement, what they do, what they hope to achieve, and how this has impacted their lives"--Cover.
- Who we are
- Paths to action
- What we do
- Identified top issues
- Social justice connections
- Personal impacts
- Our goals.
Social justice issues like LGBTQI rights and female prisoners' rights have long been Girshick's (No Safe Haven: Stories of Women in Prison, 1999) concern. Her new book is on animal rights and protections, advocacy for which focuses on cruelty prevention, factory farms, and spaying/neutering. Besides those matters, Girshick discusses such issues as the problem of feral cats and sensible control of them through TNR (trap, neuter, release) and how animal sanctuaries may not always make the welfare of their inhabitants a priority. Each chapter tackles a specific issue and is chock-full of interviews with and anecdotes from activists who work with the issue. The book is heavily footnoted and contains an appendix, so it could lend itself for discussion groups or educational purposes. Readers can decide if they agree with one interviewee's belief that animal welfare is a social justice issue because it addresses how we humans treat other "sentient beings with their own desires, relationships, and families." Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
With over 65 percent of households having a pet, and Americans spending over $60 billion on them each year, it’s a proven statistic that Americans love animals. Public opinions consistently show we favor compassion for all animals. AnimaReview by Publisher Summary 2
In Advocates for Animals Girshick focuses on the volunteers and organizations that fill the gap in what laws, policies, practices, and services do not address for animal rights and protection. 204 personal reflections teach about their paths to involvement, what they do and hope to achieve, and how this has impacted their lives.