This is one of the many questions posed in the fascinating and thought-provoking book Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat by Hal Herzog a leader in the field of Antrozoology. Herzog explores our conflicted and often contradictory attitudes when it comes to our relationships with our fellow creatures – some get to sit beside us on the couch while others end up on our dining room table on a plate. Herzog takes a look at some of the extremes in animal/human relationships – he interviews cock-fighters and animal activists and examines the worlds of the food industry – warning: not for the squeamish and research labs; find out what a JAX mouse is. He looks at the degree of affinity we have with various animals: dogs score high, cockroaches not so much, and he examines the the impact of gender and culture in the way we perceive our furred and feathered friends.
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