A Swallow Press Book
“Diane Beers’s history of animal advocacy in the United States is illuminating, authoritative, and highly readable. The story she tells is of a movement that on the basis of a surprising depth of popular support has made steady if uneven progress, but has shown a lamentable tendency to splinter and divide.”
J. M. Coetzee
“Destined to become a classic in its field, historian Beers’ study of the animal advocacy movement in the U.S. since the ASPCA’s founding in 1866 fills a glaring historical gap with exceptional style, accuracy and insight.”
“Beers’s concerns are thankfully painted with a broader brush. Her book is a fortifying experience.”
“Beers claims the origins of organized animal advocacy are rooted in the abolition movement, and shows how other social-justice efforts, such as women’s suffrage, child protection, temperance, and labor reform, attracted some of the same supporters.”
San Antonio Current
Animal rights. Those two words conjure diverse but powerful images and reactions. Some nod in agreement, while others roll their eyes in contempt. Most people fall somewhat uncomfortably in the middle, between endorsement and rejection, as they struggle with the profound moral, philosophical, and legal questions provoked by the debate. Today, thousands of organizations lobby, agitate, and educate the public on issues concerning the rights and treatment of nonhumans.
For the Prevention of Cruelty is the first history of organized advocacy on behalf of animals in the United States to appear in nearly a half century. Diane Beers demonstrates how the cause has shaped and reshaped itself as it has evolved within the broader social context of the shift from an industrial to a postindustrial society.
Until now, the legacy of the movement in the United States has not been examined. Few Americans today perceive either the companionship or the consumption of animals in the same manner as did earlier generations. Moreover, powerful and lingering bonds connect the seemingly disparate American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the nineteenth century and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of today. For the Prevention of Cruelty tells an intriguing and important story that reveals society’s often changing relationship with animals through the lens of those who struggled to shepherd the public toward a greater compassion.
Diane L. Beers is an associate professor of history at Holyoke Community College, where she teaches social, environmental, and African American history. More info →
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