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No animals were harmed : the controversial line between entertainment and abuse / Peter Laufer.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780762763856 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 076276385X (hardcover) :
  • Description: xiv, 258 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, c2012.

Available copies

  • 3 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries). (Show all copies)
  • 1 copy at Middlesex Community College.

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0 current holds with 4 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Middlesex - Bedford Campus Stacks HV4711 .L28 2012 (Text to phone) Available -

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references, Internet website resources (p. 250-253) and index.
Contents Note: Swim with dolphins! -- Whale as sushi -- Ted Nugent is my blood brother -- Searching for a Louisiana cockfight -- Cockfighting as sport -- Destroying the village to save it -- The charge of an animal rights brigade -- The cowardice of canned hunts -- Infiltrating cockfights -- Art as animal abuse -- Who would abuse a swan? -- The self-taught lion tamer -- Yes, he really does stick his head in the mouth of a lion -- Dead chickens without a fight -- The nemesis of Cajun cockfighters -- From Central Park horse carriages to ants on the kitchen counter -- Who is abusing whom? -- Saving chickens -- Dominion over every creeping thing that creepeth -- Sea turtle cowboy boots -- Cockfight first responders -- Cricket fighting for science -- A Jordanian princess changes Arabian horses mid-life -- A jailhouse meeting with a militant vegan -- Stoic arson victims reopen their sheepskin business -- Humane meat -- Dairy cow abuse -- The animal lawyer -- Vivisection dissected -- What's right and what's wrong? -- Sit, stay, roll over -- Fighting cocks rescued and euthanized -- The case for a kill-it-yourself dinner -- Las Vegas epiphany.
Summary: The author examines how animals have been used for entertainment and sport in animal acts, canned hunting, cockfighting, and more, and explores the line between use and abuse. The author, an investigative journalist explores the way humans interact with animals. The attack of a trainer at SeaWorld by a killer whale in February 2010 sparked his examination of the controversial role animals have played throughout the ages in the human arenas of entertainment and sports. When it comes to using animals for our own entertainment, he asks: What's okay and what's not? From the Romans throwing Christians to the lions to cock-fighting in present-day California, from abusive Mexican circuses to the thrills of a Hungarian counterpart, and from dog training to shooting strays in the Baghdad streets, he looks at the ways people have used animals for their pleasure. Travel with him as he encounters intriguing people and places and contemplates the line that separates animal use from abuse. -- From book jacket.

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