You Will Be Inspired
First, you will feel guilty, then you will feel responsible for doing something to relieve animal suffering, and then you will be inspired as you read 101 ways you can help.
The Introduction to this well-written and well-illustrated book contains 25 two-page articles ranging from myths about the need for dairy in our diet, to life in a puppy mill, animal suffering in cosmetics, scientific experimentation on animals, and hunting, ending with articles about the power of business, government and the individual to build a global movement to end animal suffering.
The second part of the book lists ten solutions for individuals, like caring for your companion animals, becoming vegetarian or vegan, and controlling pests using natural means.
The authors then move on to ten solutions for action groups and how to organize to take action to deal with specific problems like providing shelter for animals, educating legislators and working together with other groups.
Building an Ark concludes with a series of chapters on solutions for schools, farmers, businesses, governments, developing nations, etc., ending finally with a chapter called "Be a Solution to Animal Suffering."
This book will provide inspiration for students and, as it is a call for action as well as knowledge, it may promote some interesting school projects. The notes and index as well as the many websites listed in the chapters give concrete information, and the prefaces and introduction by the authors and Jane Goodall are inspirational, too.
- Nola Theiss, online book review for All Business – a D&B Company, November 1, 200
A must read for all generations!
March 31, 2008
Building an Ark; 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering, is a one-of-a-kind tool to help stop animal suffering around the world, by offering practical, easy to follow solutions that everyone can apply in their every day lives.
Our planet IS in peril, and animals play a key role in our ecology, evolution and the very fabric of our society. It is our fundamental responsibility to protect them and treat them as sentient beings, capable of emotions and feelings of pain. It is our fundamental responsibility as parents, teachers, business owners, and community leaders to inform ourselves and instill in our children, employees, colleagues and communities the very prime, most precious and vital understanding that ALL life is precious and must be treated as such.
It would be so simple to contemplate a chapter of Building an Ark at a time in a classroom, or to read it in the quietude of your own home and to commit, a step at a time, to changing our world to be a better place for all its inhabitants. This is one book no caring home or educational facility should be without.
- Diana Saakian (Montreal, Quebec), Amazon.com
A great introduction to animal suffering, November 17, 2007
This is an excellent book! It is the most comprehensive guide I have ever read on animal suffering, and serves as a great book for those who are new and interested to the topic, as well as seasoned animal rights activists and vegans.
The best part about this book is that after covering all the ways in which animals suffer everyday, it offers helpful solutions in the second half of the book to these problems that all of us can help participate in.
Truly a great book and a must-read!!! I highly recommend this book to everyone.
- Carly S. (San Diego, CA), Amazon.com
Problems and Solutions in Animal Suffering
"... there is no sharp line between us ... and the rest of the animal kingdom." So Jane Goodall reminds us in her Foreward to Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering, by Ethan Smith and Guy Dauncey; New Society Publishers, 2007. The authors and publishers have chosen a good subtitle, suggesting as it does that the core problem is not too few rights for animals, but too much suffering. We cannot activate our own compassion which alone will motivate us to end animal suffering until we look at it squarely and acknowledge its horrific proportions.
As for solutions, Smith and Dauncey divide the 101 they propose into groups according to who could best implement them, thus listing solutions for individuals, schools, farmers, business, governments and so on. What's interesting is how solving animals' problems (suffering and abuse) leads naturally to solving the problems that plague humans -- the environmental and health problems for which Dauncey has previously written "solutions" books. Animal welfare were it to be accomplished would be the breakthrough, if we consider soil and water polluted with farm wastes, cancer-causing chemicals in meat, and loss of wildlife habitat which also performs global-cooling effects for us all.
Building an Ark includes amusing cartoons and encouraging messages from the famous, like Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, the Dalai Lama and Alex, an African Grey Parrot. It also points us to hundreds of websites and groups. With so many trying, why haven't we succeeded yet in eradicating animals' suffering? The authors remind us that "we have it within us to be bold, creative and determined and to embrace intelligent solutions for all our problems." Yes, "we" do, but what about the non-"we" -- those who want to hunt, eat veal, flip calves upside down at rodeos, and torture rats in laboratories? For them, sadly, we compassionate people are the problem.
Barbara Julian, Animalit.ca
Advance Praise for Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering:
As E. F. Schumacher said, the real problems facing the planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical. The heart must lead the mind. There is no question that this would be a better planet for all life including humans if we moved toward the philosophy outlined in this book. It shows the way to a better place, philosophically and practically.
— Robert Bateman, Artist and Naturalist
Finally, a practical and engaging book of solutions for animals! You don’t have to worry that this is one of those books about animal suffering that’s too sad to bear. Just the opposite — Building an Ark is full of so many hopeful, positive ideas that enable each of us to become enthusiastic partners in creating a more compassionate world.
— Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education, and author of Above All, Be Kind: The Power and Promise of Humane Education; and So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals
Building an Ark is a most welcomed and needed book. Every individual can make a positive difference to heal our wounded world, and this easy to read book tells us how to do it and how to keep our dreams alive. Read it carefully and share it widely. I sure will.
— Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado; author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Animals Matter
On every page of Building an Ark, you will hear the animals calling to you, and urging you to turn compassion into action for the animals. Whether you have been working for animal rights for over twenty years, or just starting on your path, this is the book you will want to read and re-read for information, resources, inspiration, and hope.
— Lorri Bauston, President of Animal Acres, L.A. Farmed Animal Sanctuary and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary