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Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues In the series Animals, Culture, and Society edited by Clinton R. Sanders and Arnold Arluke Leslie Irvine, If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals Janet M. Alger and Steven F. Alger, Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat Shelter Rik Scarce, Fishy Business: Salmon, Biology, and the Social Construction of Nature Clinton R. Sanders, Understanding Dogs: Living and Working with Canine Companions Eileen Crist, Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind Rod Michalko, The Two in One: Walking with Smokie, Walking with Blindness Ralph H. Lutts, ed., The Wild Animal Story Julian McAllister Groves, Hearts and Minds: The Controversy Over Laboratory Animals Arnold Arluke and Clinton R. Sanders, Regarding Animals Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues Reflections on Redecorating Nature MARC BEKOFF Foreword by JANE GOODALL TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS Philadelphia Temple University Press 1601 North Broad Street Philadelphia PA 19122 Copyright © 2006 by Temple University All rights reserved Published 2006 Printed in the United States of America The paper used in this publication meets the requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bekoff, Marc. Animal passions and beastly virtues : reflections on redecorating nature / Marc Bekoff. p. cm. – (Animals, culture, and society) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-59213-347-9 (cloth : alk. paper) – ISBN 1-59213-348-7 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Cognition in animals. 2. Social behavior in animals. 3. Animal rights. 4. Animal welfare. I. Title. II. Series. QL785.B36 2006 591.56–dc22 2005041833 2 4 6 8 9 7 5 3 1 FOR JAN, WHO REAWAKENS MY SENSES, MY SPIRIT, AND MY HEART We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness , for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves . And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and wiser and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extentions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of earth. —Henry Beston, The Outermost House ...


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