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Pets And The Planet

Author: Carol Frischmann
Publisher: *Howell Book House
ISBN: 9780470275733
Size: 79.92 MB
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This book gives you all the information you need to understand sustainability in the context of pet ownership and arms you with the know-how to make the best choices for your pet and the planet. It explains the environmental consequences of pet ownership and offers alternatives to the everyday choices any pet-owning family makes, from choosing pet food and buying pet equipment and toys to disposing of pet waste and avoiding household toxins. Thoroughly researched and packed with realistic guidelines for putting ideas into practice, Pets and the Planet is a virtual roadmap for sustainable pet parenthood.

Run Spot Run

Author: Jessica Pierce
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022620992X
Size: 62.80 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A life shared with pets brings many emotions. We feel love for our companions, certainly, and happiness at the thought that we’re providing them with a safe, healthy life. But there’s another emotion, less often acknowledged, that can be nearly as powerful: guilt. When we see our cats gazing wistfully out the window, or watch a goldfish swim lazy circles in a bowl, we can’t help but wonder: are we doing the right thing, keeping these independent beings locked up, subject to our control? Is keeping pets actually good for the pets themselves? That’s the question that animates Jessica Pierce’s powerful Run, Spot, Run. A lover of pets herself (including, over the years, dogs, cats, fish, rats, hermit crabs, and more), Pierce understands the joys that pets bring us. But she also refuses to deny the ambiguous ethics at the heart of the relationship, and through a mix of personal stories, philosophical reflections, and scientifically informed analyses of animal behavior and natural history, she puts pet-keeping to the test. Is it ethical to keep pets at all? Are some species more suited to the relationship than others? Are there species one should never attempt to own? And are there ways that we can improve our pets’ lives, so that we can be confident that we are giving them as much as they give us? Deeply empathetic, yet rigorous and unflinching in her thinking, Pierce has written a book that is sure to help any pet owner, unsettling assumptions but also giving them the knowledge to build deeper, better relationships with the animals with whom they’ve chosen to share their lives.

Parrot Parenting

Author: Carol Frischmann
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 1620081792
Size: 65.45 MB
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From the tiny parakeet to the giant hyacinth macaw, not all parrots place the same demands on their parents. Parakeets, conures, cockatiels, lories—the parrot family consists of the most popular pet birds, each offering keepers their unique characteristics and exotic beauty as well as their specific requirements. Bird expert and author, Carol Frishmann has written a must-have book for every parrot parent-to-be, an all-in-one guide that will remain indispensable in every bird home, regardless of the size, trainability, or personality of the feathered child. More than a selection guide, Parenting a Parrot offers all the information owners need to know about feeding, caring for, and training their chosen parrot. Though both good talkers, the eclectus parrot may be quieter than the cockatoo, but he’s not nearly as cuddly. Parenting a Parrot tells owners what to expect from their parrots and how to get the most out of their avian companions. INSIDE THIS BOOK: Finding and purchasing the ideal parrot Descriptions and needs of the most popular twenty parrot species Comprehensive positive-reinforcement-based training chapter, including trick training, talking, and training a flighted bird Living with a parrot, including establishing daily routine, socializing, housing, home safety, and cleanliness The parrot’s meal plan: diets, organic and natural options, and special needs Understanding parrot behavior, enrichment strategies, and problem solving Grooming, health care, first aid, and senior care Parenting tips highlighted in sidebars in each chapter Lists of recommendations for best talkers, quietest species, trick experts, beginner’s birds, etc. Includes detailed species descriptions of these parrots: African Greys Amazons Bourke’s Parkeets Caiques Cockatiels Cockatoos Conures Eclectus Lineolated Parakeets Lories and Lorikeets Lovebirds Macaws Parakeets/Budgies Parrotlets Pionus Psittaculas Quaker Parakeets Senegals and Other Poicephalus Plus: Brotogeris, Great-Bills, Kakarikis, Rosellas, Hawk-Headed Parrots, Vasa Parrots

The Animal Lover S Guide To Changing The World

Author: Stephanie Feldstein
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250153263
Size: 72.89 MB
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"This book belongs on every animal lover's shelf—and it's a particularly great gift for young people who are on fire to save animals but are unsure where to start. Hooray!!" —Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World is the inspiring, accessible, and empowering book for everyone who loves animals and wants to live a more animal-friendly life, even if they aren’t ready to join a movement or give up bacon. With more than 7.5 billion people on the planet, wildlife is going extinct at the fastest rate since the dinosaurs. Three to four million dogs and cats are killed in shelters every year; billions of chickens, pigs, and cows are killed for food; and countless animals are killed in research labs or their habitat. The numbers are daunting, but there’s good news too! Even one person truly can make a difference without breaking the bank. With Stephanie Feldstein's straightforward and encouraging guidance, readers will learn how to take action to create a better world for the animals we love. It starts with changes as simple as taking a shorter shower, skipping meat once a week, wearing "this" not "that," and extends all the way to online activism and politics. The animals need us; so let's get on with some world changing!