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Defending Animals by Kendra Coulter
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Sep 26, 2023 | ISBN 9780262048286

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Included in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall 2023 Adult Announcements Science list

“In Kendra Coulter’s new book, Defending Animals: Finding Hope on the Front Lines of Animal Protection (MIT Press, 2023) she profiles an array of groups and individuals to illustrate just how difficult protecting animals, both domesticated and wild, can be…Coulter’s mix of positive stories and disturbing details of abuse makes the book an emotional roller coaster to read…More than a mere survey of problems and solutions, this book is a narrative portrait of the animal caregivers on the front lines, showcasing their often difficult task of protecting the defenseless.”

“Opening her overview of animal protection, ethicist Kendra Coulter describes a violently mistreated German shepherd dog she adopted. Sunny looked right into her eyes while she was writing difficult sections, she notes. This is one of many moving details in a complex book that features cruelty investigators, forensic veterinarians, conservation leaders, animal lawyers and entrepreneurs. Effective protection, she argues, must work ‘hand in paw, and hand in hoof with the well-being of frontline workers’ such as rangers.”

“A thoughtful, informative discussion about protecting animals from cruelty.”

“From rescuing dogs on the street to the protection of the rainforest, everything is covered in this compelling book.”
—VEGAN magazine

“This book is extremely well-researched and a fascinating read.”
—Vegan Journal

“An extremely important and well-researched book.”
—Psychology Today

“Animal lovers know that there’s a sense of urgency in rescue these days, and Defending Animals: Finding Hope on the Front Lines of Animal Protection by Kendra Coulter is a book that takes you around the world in a look at all the efforts people are doing to protect and save animals. Readers will love that this book isn’t all about dogs, cats, and household companions; it’s also about wild animals, large domestic animals, and animals in zoos and farms. Learn how animal rescue needs smart people with passion. It’s a real job, as well as a labor of love.”
—The Bookworm Sez

“Brace yourself for an honest, open view of the front lines in global animal protection. Turning a spotlight on critters – from our loved dogs and cats, to wild animals in rehabilitation and hopefully being rescued from extinction – this is a book about the ugliness and harm done, but also about hope and the many ways that people are giving of themselves to bring about positive outcomes for so many species. Kendra Coulter has given us a close-up look at her experiences and the tasks that lie ahead. With references to people like Dr. Jane Goodall, hers is a thoughtful and personal narrative, as well. Animal lovers, those concerned about everyone’s future, anyone who appreciates the work of people on the front lines and those who might be looking for ways to help, will all get a lot from her book. Highly recommended!”
Aunties Books/Spokane, WA

“Accessibly told with equal parts policy, politics, and pathos, Defending Animals may well be one of those rare scholarly titles that can change the way a general audience sees the world.”
The Literary Review of Canada

Table Of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: Beyond Sound Bites and Slogans 1
1 Small Victories 9
2 In the Field or the Trenches? 21
3 Partnerships at Work 33
4 Linked Harm and Protection 55
5 Social Harms and Protections 69
6 The Science and Politics of Investigations–and Prosecutions 87
7 Conserving What and Who We Love 117
8 The Wild Things Aren’t Things 137
9 The Animals In Between 155
10 Horsepower 179
11 The Elephant in the Room is a Chicken 199
Conclusion: The Future is Humane 223
Acknowledgments 231
Notes 233
Index 245

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