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  1. 9.9 hrs • 5/2/2016 • Unabridged

    We love them with all our hearts, but do we really know where our dogs came from? Kim Kavin reveals the complex network behind the $11-billion-a-year business of selling dogs. A must-listen for the benefit of all dogs everywhere. In what promises to become an Omnivore’s Dilemma for dog lovers—breed devotees and adoption advocates alike—The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions. Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, The Dog Merchants makes it clear that money spent among these dog merchants has real-world effects on people and canines. Kavin reveals how dog merchants create markets for dogs, often in defiance of the usual rules of supply and demand. She takes an investigative approach and meets breeders and rescuers at all levels, shedding much-needed light on an industry that most people don’t even realize is an industry. Kavin’s goal is to advance the conversation about how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters. She shows that a great deal can be improved by understanding the business practices behind selling dogs of all kinds. Instead of pitting rescue and purebred people against each other, The Dog Merchants shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of all our beloved companions.

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    The Dog Merchants by Kim Kavin

    The Dog Merchants

    9.9 hrs • 5/2/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.3 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    A major new exploration of the economics of animal exploitation and a roadmap for how we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all living creatures, from the renowned animal rights advocate Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. In the mid-nineteenth century, New Bedford, Massachusetts was the whaling capital of the world. A half-gallon of sperm oil cost approximately $1,400 in today’s dollars, and whale populations were hunted to near extinction for profit. But with the advent of fossil fuels, the whaling industry collapsed, and today, the area around New Bedford is instead known as one of the best places in the world for whale watching. This transformation is emblematic of a new sort of economic revolution, one that has the power to transform the future of animal welfare. In The Humane Economy, Wayne Pacelle, president/CEO of the Human Society of the United States, explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing of animals, and how we can make choices that better support them. Though most of us have never harpooned a sea creature, clubbed a seal, or killed an animal for profit, we are all part of an interconnected web that has a tremendous impact on animal welfare, and the decisions we make—whether supporting local, nonindustrial farming; adopting a rescue dog or a shelter animal instead one from a puppy mill; avoiding products that compromise the habitat of wild species; or even seeing Cirque du Soleil instead of Ringling Brothers—do matter. The Humane Economy shows us how what we do everyday as consumers can benefit animals, the environment, and human society, and why these decisions can make economic sense as well.

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    The Humane Economy by Wayne Pacelle

    The Humane Economy

    12.3 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.4 hrs • 8/4/2015 • Unabridged

    From Susan Casey, the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth and The Wave, a breathtaking look into the mysterious world of dolphins and their conflicted history with man. Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seems like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades, scientists have discovered dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, feel despondent, adorn themselves, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, form cliques, throw tantrums, gossip, scheme. Several native peoples trace their lineage to dolphins. They are the stars of multimillion dollar aquatic theme parks, money that has fueled a sinister illicit trade as shown in the documentary Blackfish. The US Navy has a secret program using dolphins as undersea soldiers. The theory that they are a superior, extraterrestial species is popular among the new age fringe. They are the victims of brutal slaughters as depicted in the documentary The Cove. To swim with a dolphin is a transporting experience, an encounter with a being seemingly so like us, yet so alien. No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made The Wave and The Devil’s Teeth contemporary classics of writing on the oceans. For two years Casey traveled the world, and now she has written a thrilling book about the other intelligent life on the planet.

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    Voices in the Ocean

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    11.4 hrs • 8/4/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.3 hrs • 3/24/2015 • Unabridged

    Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with twenty different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld’s United States facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld’s wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers. After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish. The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld’s orca has now expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise to an advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state governments to act. In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite whales, Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. He includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld.   Hargrove’s journey is one that humanity has just begun to take—toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought.

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    Beneath the Surface

    8.3 hrs • 3/24/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.6 hrs • 3/25/2014 • Unabridged

    In this inspiring memoir, Ellie Laks shares how her lifelong love of animals led her to found the Gentle Barn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abused and neglected animals. Founder Ellie Laks started the Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), the Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well.  My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today with Ellie’s own journey. Filled with heartwarming animal stories and inspiring recoveries, My Gentle Barn is a feel-good account that will delight animal lovers and memoir readers alike.

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    My Gentle Barn

    By Ellie Laks, with Nomi Isak
    9.6 hrs • 3/25/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 14.5 hrs • 3/22/2013 • Unabridged

    Temple Grandin’s professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Grandin and coauthor Catherine Johnson present their powerful theory that autistic people can often think the way animals think—putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.” Exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, even animal genius, Grandin is a faithful guide into their world. Animals in Translation reveals that animals are much smarter than anyone ever imagined, and Grandin, standing at the intersection of autism and animals, offers unparalleled observations and extraordinary ideas about both.

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    Animals in Translation

    14.5 hrs • 3/22/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.2 hrs • 12/12/2012 • Unabridged

    Like many young Americans, Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.  Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer “at the table with our greatest philosophers.”

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    Eating Animals

    10.2 hrs • 12/12/12 • Unabridged
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  8. 12.7 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent, a time when we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world’s most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall—along with Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard—shares fascinating survival stories about the American Crocodile, the California Condor, the Black-Footed Ferret, and more: all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being regenerated. Interweaving her own firsthand experiences in the field with the compelling research of premier scientists, Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the truly critical need to protect the habitats of these beloved species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, Hope for Animals and Their World presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.

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    Hope for Animals and Their World

    By Jane Goodall with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson
    Read by Jane Goodall
    12.7 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  9. 12.7 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    A fascinating exploration of humanity’s eternal bond with animals and an urgent call to answer the needs of millions of at-risk creatures The president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the world’s largest animal protection organization, Wayne Pacelle brings us The Bond, a heartfelt, eye-opening exploration of the special bond between animals and humans. With the poignant insight of Animals Make Us Human and the shocking reality of Fast Food Nation—filled with history, valuable insights, and fascinating stories of the author’s experience in the field—The Bond is an important investigation into all the ways we can repair our broken bond with the animal kingdom and a thrilling chronicle of one man’s extraordinary contribution to that effort.

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    The Bond

    Preface and introduction read by Wayne Pacelle
    Read by Walter Dixon
    12.7 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has long been interested in the relationships between humans and animals, and he’s always been aware that there was something very special in our bond with dogs. No other animals love us in quite the same way as dogs love us. And it is mutual. Is it possible that we developed our capacity for love, sympathy, empathy, and compassion because of our long association with dogs? Having experienced a profound bond with his own dog, Benjy—a failed guide dog for the blind who possesses an abundance of uninhibited love—author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson knows dogs’ reciprocal affection is not unique, but exemplifies a love affair unequaled in the animal world. In The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving, Masson considers the far-reaching consequences of the co-evolution of dogs and humans with wisdom, insight, and a brilliant analysis of recent scientific findings, delivering a compelling, provocative book that will change the way we think about love and our canine companions.

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    The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving

    6.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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    5.9 hrs • 9/21/2009 • Unabridged

    This is the true story of ten tough and tattooed bikers who rescue animals in danger while spreading the message that “Abusers Are Losers.” When Joe Panz, Johnny O, Batso, Big Ant, G, Angel, Des, and Eric initially met at tattoo and motorcycle conventions, they soon learned that they shared another passion: animals. Each had been rescuing troubled animals on their own for years. Together they decided to form Rescue Ink to combat the problem of animal abuse on a bigger scale. Working from tip-offs from concerned neighbors and anonymous sources, they have rescued countess animals. Former Newsday writer Denise Flaim chronicles just what these brawny bikers, who will stop at nothing within the bounds of the law, can teach us about respecting the creatures in our midst.

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    Rescue Ink by Rescue Ink

    Rescue Ink

    By Rescue Ink with Denise Flaim
    Read by Tom Weiner
    5.9 hrs • 9/21/09 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.8 hrs • 4/22/2006 • Unabridged

    For most of human history, killing animals presented few moral problems; they seemed made for our use. But the rapid growth and increasing dominance of human civilization, along with the discovery that humans and animals share many traits, raises many questions about the moral standing and “rights” of other living things. Is it fair to privilege human priorities over the rest of nature, and if so, on what basis or under what circumstances? Do we have a duty to protect animals or even plants? The Morality in Our Age series examines the historical and philosophical background of today’s most pressing moral challenges. Here the realities of money, sex, power, and violence meet the ideals of responsibility, integrity, and moral well-being. Though a final “answer” is notoriously elusive in moral discussion, you’ll develop a much better insight into the forces and principles at play on today’s most serious moral issues, problems, and dilemmas.

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    Animals and Ethics by Dr. Rem B. Edwards
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  13. 9.3 hrs • 1/29/2001 • Unabridged

    The inspiring true story of Best Friends, the Angel Canyon, Utah, sanctuary, and a few dedicated people who made it happen. In the summer of 1982 a group of young men and women, determined to make a difference, pooled their resources and brought three thousand acres of high desert in the wilds of southern Utah. Through endless effort, tenacity, and dedication, they turned that land into what is now one of the most beloved animal sanctuaries in the world—Best Friends. This is the inspiring true story of how these devoted animal lovers made it all happen.

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    Best Friends

    9.3 hrs • 1/29/01 • Unabridged
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