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Building an Ark

101 Solutions to Animal Suffering

by (author) Ethan Smith

with Guy Dauncey

foreword by Jane Goodall

New Society Publishers
Initial publish date
Nov 2007
Animal Rights
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2007
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  • Age: 13
  • Grade: 8


Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering is a first-of-its-kind, inspiring look at practical solutions to the impact humans have on animals and the natural world.

Factory farms, habitat destruction, animal product testing, the abuse and neglect of companion animals, the illegal trade in endangered species, unsustainable fishing and climate change all create unnecessary suffering for animals.

For several decades there has been a global movement building; an ever-increasing consciousness that will soon affect animal welfare and the future of life on Earth – if it's given time to do so. Building an Ark is the story of this movement. Extensively researched and drawing on practical examples from around the world, it provides a voice for both the animals and the humans who have dedicated their lives to building a sustainable future for all species.

The Ark is ready for all to board. Individuals, action groups, schools, businesses, governments, farmers, fishers, developing nations-there's a role for everyone on this journey. Building an Ark offers a host of solutions that-if adopted-will ensure that animals will suffer less today, and that humans and animals will share a more sustainable planet tomorrow.

About the authors

Ethan Smith is a writer, animal welfare advocate and author/editor of the anthology Softly On This Earth: Joining Those Who Are Healing Our Planet.

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Guy Dauncey is a futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He is founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of ten books, including The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming and most recently Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible. He is an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He lives on Vancouver Island, in Canada.

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Primatologist and anthropologist Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE is considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall is best known for her sixty-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace. Goodall is an honorary member of the World Future Council. Goodall is the author of numerous books, including In the Shadow of Man and Reason for Hope.

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Editorial Reviews

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Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering

In less than 100 years, human “progress” has polluted the atmosphere, contaminated oceans and destroyed forests, causing the extinction of 137 plant and animal species per day. This “call for compassionate arms” raises awareness and under standing of animal welfare. Each concern and solution is summarized on two pages, including web links, quotes, facts, and book reviews. Issues such as puppy mills, habitat destruction and fish farms are followed by solutions for individuals, schools, governments and others. Solutions include practicing humane animal husbandry, protecting endangered species’ habitats and providing alternatives to animal product testing.

Smith is the editor of Softly on this Earth. Dauncey is the author of The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming and Stormy Weather.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering

This well-illustrated and comprehensive guide offers 101 practical solutions to eradicate unnecessary animal suffering around the world. Part One introduces the topics and the critical issues facing animals, such as, puppy mills and climate changes. Part Two offers solutions, which we can implement each day to save our planet. These actions apply to all organizations, institutions, government, businesses and individuals. Encouraging messages are found throughout the book. Photographs, sidebars and numerous websites for each solution are provided, and resources and extensive endnotes are included.

Smith is a writer, animal welfare advocate and author/editor of Softly On This Earth. Dauncey founded The Solutions Project and is the author of The Great Climate Challenge.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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