Three books that inspired John Bradshaw while writing The Animals Among Us
The work that defined anthrozoology before the discipline even had a name. It was the first account to attempt a balanced and dispassionate view of pet-keeping, and to emphasise its historical context. A classic. Highly entertaining while at the same time deeply thought-provoking, this book tackles the contradictions implicit in our modern relationships with animals – animals in our homes, on supermarket shelves, in laboratories, in blood sports. When did humankind first evolve the ability to imagine the thoughts of animals, and why? Mithen’s lecture at the 1998 conference of the International Society for Anthrozoology made me realise that there might be an evolutionary explanation for why we keep pets.
IN THE COMPANY OF ANIMALS BY JAMES SERPELL
SOME WE LOVE, SOME WE HATE, SOME WE EAT BY HAL HERZOG
THE PREHISTORY OF THE MIND BY STEVEN MITHEN