The animal lover's guide to changing the world Practical advice and everyday actions for a more sustainable, humane, and compassionate planet

Stephanie Feldstein

Book - 2018

"The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World is the inspiring, accessible, and empowering book for everyone who loves animals and wants to live a more animal-friendly life, even if they aren't ready to join a movement or give up bacon. With more than 7.5 billion people on the planet, wildlife is going extinct at the fastest rate since the dinosaurs. Three to four million dogs and cats are killed in shelters every year; billions of chickens, pigs, and cows are killed for food; ...and countless animals are killed in research labs or their habitat. The numbers are daunting, but there's good news too! Even one person truly can make a difference without breaking the bank. With Stephanie Feldstein's straightforward and encouraging guidance, readers will learn how to take action to create a better world for the animals we love. It starts with changes as simple as taking a shorter shower, skipping meat once a week, wearing 'this' not 'that,' and extends all the way to online activism and politics. The animals need us; so let's get on with some world changing!" -- Amazon.com.

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Griffin 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xviii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-259) and index.
ISBN
9781250153258
1250153255
Main Author
Stephanie Feldstein (author)
  • Part I.
  • Get political
  • The animals need you
  • Animal advocacy 101
  • Share the love
  • The political beast
  • Money talks
  • Compassion in the classroom
  • The power of words
  • Find your pack
  • Part II.
  • Get wild
  • Green is the new black
  • Conservation uncaged
  • Neighborhood bird-watch
  • Unplug climate change
  • Plastic detox
  • Down the drain
  • Take extinction off your plate
  • Let's talk about sex
  • The call of the wild
  • Part III.
  • Get personal
  • The animals aren't amused
  • Clean conscience
  • What not to wear
  • Old MacDonald lost his farm
  • Holiday hangover
  • Don't get catfished
  • If you see something, say something
  • The ambassador of dogville
  • Unconditional love
  • Be the change.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Feldstein's work as an animal-rights activist is encapsulated in her first book, a how-to guide for nonprofessionals to make changes, both elephant-sized and mouse-sized, that will better the lives of animals. She opens each chapter with an empathy-building insight into a species. Bison's tails are mood rings indicating their emotional states, and a cute, rabbit relative called a pika is the inspiration for Pikachu, the star of Pokémon. Her argument's core is the premise that when animals' lives improve, so do humans'. In a conversational tone, she shares accomplishable action items. On the small scale are shopping for cruelty-free products, signing online petitions, and adopting meatless Mondays. Big things include effectively protesting a puppy store (tip: stay on the public sidewalk) and considering having fewer children. Those who read cover to cover may find some repetition in style and sentiment; however, Feldstein's no-judgment, do-what-you-can approach is refreshing. She offers readers the same generous understanding that she offers animals, and frequently emphasizes that tackling this big problem in any way, even imperfectly, is worthy. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Whether volunteering for a local shelter, attending a peaceful protest, or sharing a Facebook post about Meatless Monday, there's always a way to help animals. Feldstein, director of the population and sustainability program at the Center for Biological Diversity, is at the career end of the advocacy spectrum, but her perspective applies to all levels of interest and effort. She's also a writer for the Huffington Post, and her relatable voice makes getting involved tangible for even the most novice advocates. Each chapter explores small- and large-scale changes that readers can make in their lives, communities, and the world, including "Three things you can do today." The book touches on familiar territory such as plant-based diets, as well as unexpected topics, such as how human (over)population hurts other species. A resources appendix and notes for the research cited are also featured. VERDICT Feldstein's message is intended for a wide audience but may be best suited to readers new to animal welfare issues, though seasoned advocates will find useful information, too. There's no shortage of animals in need, and the author provides countless ways to transform belief into action.—Meagan Storey, Virginia Beach Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Showing readers how to take action to create a better world for us and the animals we love, this practical book, which is guaranteed to inspire and empower, reveals how just a few small lifestyle changes can have a huge impact. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"This book belongs on every animal lover's shelf—and it's a particularly great gift for young people who are on fire to save animals but are unsure where to start. Hooray!!" —Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an OctopusThe Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World is the inspiring, accessible, and empowering book for everyone who loves animals and wants to live a more animal-friendly life, even if they aren’t ready to join a movement or give up bacon. With more than 7.5 billion people on the planet, wildlife is going extinct at the fastest rate since the dinosaurs. Three to four million dogs and cats are killed in shelters every year; billions of chickens, pigs, and cows are killed for food; and countless animals are killed in research labs or their habitat. The numbers are daunting, but there’s good news too! Even one person truly can make a difference without breaking the bank.With Stephanie Feldstein's straightforward and encouraging guidance, readers will learn how to take action to create a better world for the animals we love. It starts with changes as simple as taking a shorter shower, skipping meat once a week, wearing "this" not "that," and extends all the way to online activism and politics.The animals need us; so let's get on with some world changing!