AUTHOR: Ingrid Newkirk & Gene Stone
PUBLISHER: Simon & SchusterPUB. YEAR: 2019
RATING: - 4.5/5
Animalkind, written by the founder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a remarkable book that I found engaging and informative.
The first part of the book gives insight into animal intelligence, discoveries about their loyalty, how they navigate and how they bond and play. There were stories about cats who found their way back home from distances over 100 miles. Stories of canines who understood over 200 human words and would respond. (I laughed when I read that dogs will only respond to praise is spoken in an upbeat tone though.) There are dolphins who can recognize the whistle of a companion they hadn't seen in decades and, that orangutans have the strongest mother and infant bonding in the animal kingdom - inseparable for years and some offspring nurse for as long as nine years.
Did you know that 60% of dogs and 63% of cats show grief after losing a human companion? Most will eat much less and sleep much more. Cats are more in tune to their predatory instincts than dogs since their hunting skills are rooted in evolution.
The second part of this book deals with animal welfare issues and how humans can learn to be more respectful and compassionate to animals.
As an animal lover, I was really happy I read this book. It is written in an easy, engaging manner. It's a book that gave me hope that humans an animals can coexist and how easy it is for humans to show respect for the vulnerable animals among us.