The Covenant of the Wild

Why Animals Chose Domestication

Stephen Budiansky

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April 10, 1999
216 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 9780300079937
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Animal rights extremists argue that eating meat is murder and that pets are slaves. This compelling reappraisal of the human-animal bond, however, shows that domestication of animals is not an act of exploitation but a brilliantly successful evolutionary strategy that has benefited humans and animals alike.
 
“Budiansky’s slim, elegant discourse is a persuasive counterweight to the pastoral delusions of sentimentalists intent on seeing humans as malevolently at odds with the noble animal kingdom.”—Manuela Hoelterhoff, Wall Street Journal
 
“Forcefully argued and eloquent.”—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
 
“A subtle look at the mysteries of evolution and a stinging response to animal-rights extremists. . . . Ambrosia for anyone—whether in agreement with Budiansky or not—who appreciates the beauty of an argument that combines careful scholarship with common sense.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Budiansky argues his thesis clearly and cogently.”—Daily Telegraph

Stephen Budiansky, formerly U.S. editor of Nature, is currently a writer for The Atlantic Monthly. He is also the author of The Nature of Horses and If a Lion Could Talk

"Budiansky's slim, elegant discourse is a persuasive counterweight to the pastoral delusions of sentimentalists intent on seeing humans as malevolently at odds with the noble animal kingdom."—Manuela Hoelterhoff, Wall Street Journal

 

 

"Forcefully argued and eloquent."—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

"A subtle look at the mysteries of evolution and a stinging response to animal-rights extremists. . . . Ambrosia for anyone-whether in agreement with Budiansky or not-who appreciates the beauty of an argument that combines careful scholarship with common sense."—Kirkus Reviews

"Budiansky argues his thesis clearly and cogently."—Daily Telegraph

“Clearly written, rational appraisal of the relationships between humans and domesticated animals.  Domestication is seen not as an embodiment of animal abuse, but as a successful evolutionary strategy by which the domesticated tabby is better adapted for survival than the fearsome King of the Jungle.”—Steven Norman, Public Library Association

"The Covenant of the Wild presents a clear explanation of evolution, natural selection, and domestication, and a compelling argument for rethinking definitions of nature."—Ann Greene, Environmental History

Selected as an "Outstanding" title in the 1999 AAUP University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

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