Animals and Human Society provides a solid, scientific, research-based background to advance understanding of how animals impact humans. Animals have had profound effects on people from the earliest times, ranging from zoonotic diseases, to the global impact of livestock, poultry and fish production, to the influences of human-associated animals on the environment (on extinctions, air and water pollution, greenhouse gases, etc.), to the importance of animals in human evolution and hunter -gatherer communities.
As a resource for both science and non-science, Animals and Human Society can be used as a text for courses in Animals and Human Society or Animal Science, or as supplemental material for Introduction to Animal Science. It offers foundational background to those who may have little background in animal agriculture and have focused interest on companion animals and horses. The work introduces livestock production (including poultry and aquaculture) but also includes coverage of companion and lab animals. In addition, animal behavior and animal perception are covered.
Animals and Human Society is likewise an excellent resource for researchers, academics, or students newly entering a related field or coming from another discipline and needing foundational information, as well as interested laypersons looking to augment their knowledge on the many impacts of animals in human society.
Features research-based and pedagogically sound content, with learning goals and textboxes to provide key information Challenges readers to consider issues based on facts rather than polemics Poses ethical questions and raises overall societal impacts Balances traditional animal science with companion animals, animal biology, zoonotic diseases, animal products, environmental impacts and all aspects of human/animal interaction
1. Animal perception - differences with those of people 2. Animal attributes exploited by humans 3. Animal products and human nutrition 4. Animals and human development 5. Hunter gatherers 6. The Neolithic Revolution 7. Domestic agricultural animals 7.a. Impact of livestock globally to alleviating hunger 7.b. The impact of animal genetics 7.c. The impact of animal feeds 7.d. Sustainable livestock production 8. Non-vertebrates 9. Animals in the military 10. Animals in entertainment and sport 10.e. The impact of horse 10.f. The economic impact of horses in the USA 11. Animals in religion, culture and mythology 12. Animals as companions 13. Animals in medicine and research 13.g. Animal experimentation 14. Zoonoses and allergies 15. Pests 16. Parasites 17. Invasive and Introduced Species 18. Impact of Agricultural Animals on the Environment 19. Habitat Destruction 19.h. Animal waste 19.i. Wildlife and environmental pollution 19.j. Human wildlife conflicts 20. Animal welfare vs Animal rights 21. Animal extinctions