An Odyssey with Animals: A Veterinarian's Reflections on the Animal Rights & Welfare Debate.
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
|Publication:||Name: The American Biology Teacher Publisher: National Association of Biology Teachers Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Biological sciences; Education Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 National Association of Biology Teachers ISSN: 0002-7685|
|Issue:||Date: Sept, 2010 Source Volume: 72 Source Issue: 7|
|Topic:||NamedWork: An Odyssey with Animals: A Veterinarian's Reflections on the Animal Rights and Welfare Debate (Nonfiction work)|
|Persons:||Reviewee: Morrison, Adrian R.|
An Odyssey with Animals: A Veterinarian's Reflections on the
Animal Rights & Welfare Debate. By Adrian R. Morrison. 2009. Oxford
University Press (ISBN 9780195374445). 272 pages. Hardcover. $29.95.
This book is a comprehensive review of the use of animals by humans. Morrison provides many examples involving research, pets, farming, and hunting. He tackles each area with many examples and describes a balanced view of both sides of the animal rights issue.
The author is a veterinarian who obviously loves animals, but he is also a well-known REM sleep researcher who appreciates the humane use of animals for research purposes. He describes his own harrowing experience of having his lab trashed and his neighbors given false information about his work by animal rights extremists.
Morrison describes why he wrote this book in the introduction: "Out of these experiences arose my desire to tell a story about the animal rights issue--a story that will go beyond the animal welfare debate of the past few decades to explore human beings' long-term and complex relationships with animals." He definitely succeeds in his goal.
He provides information about the history of both the animal rights movement and the scientific use of animals. He even discusses rodeos, bull fighting, and the ethical issues associated with farming. He describes his own personal ethical development, quotes others who are leading experts in their fields, and ends the book with a charge for humans to "manage properly" the animals in our control.
An Odyssey with Animals should be read by all teachers and others who have to answer
questions about the use of animals in research, for food, in sport, and even as pets.
Nancy Wagner, RN
Science Department Head
Christian High School
El Cajon, CA 92019
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