In the company of animals : a study of human-animal relationships / James Serpell.

Looks at pet-keeping in various cultures and times, examines the distinction made between pets and domesticated animals, and discusses the ethical issues related to the treatment of animals.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Serpell, James, 1952-
Format: Book
Published: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York, NY, USA : B. Blackwell, 1986.
Table of Contents:
  • pt. 1. A paradox. Of pigs and pets
  • pt. 2. The case against pets. Substitutes for people
  • Instruments of follie
  • Pets in tribal socieities
  • A cuckoo in the next
  • pt. 3. An alternative view. Pets as panacea
  • Health and friendship
  • Four-legged friends
  • pt. 4. Exploitation and sympathy: a conflict of interests. They myth of human supremacy
  • Killer with a conscience
  • Licensed to kill
  • The fall from grace.