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The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals | [Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson]

The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson reveals startling evidence that barnyard creatures have complex feelings too, among them, love, loyalty, friendship, sadness, grief, and sorrow. Weaving history, literature, science, and his own vivid experiences observing pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens, Masson bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable animals, each unique with distinct qualities.
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Publisher's Summary

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's groundbreaking When Elephants Weep explored emotions in the animal kingdom, particularly from animals in the wild. Now, he reveals startling evidence that barnyard creatures have complex feelings too - among them, love, loyalty, friendship, sadness, grief, and sorrow.

Weaving history, literature, science, and his own vivid experiences observing pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens, Masson bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable animals, each unique with distinct qualities. Shattering the abhorrent myth of the dumb animal without feelings, Jeffrey Masson has written a revolutionary book that is sure to stir human emotions far and wide.

©2003 Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson; (P)2008 BBC Audio

What the Critics Say

"This is a harrowing and emotional plea to look at the horror and inhumanity forced on domestic livestock around the world....Tim Jerome gives a perfect performance with a delivery both intense and compelling." (AudioFile)

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    Jeffrey Masstown, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-14-08
    Jeffrey Masstown, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-14-08
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    "Animal rights propaganda..."

    More a long discussion of the evils of man eating meat than an exploration of animal emotions...not happy with the disparity between the description and the actual content.

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    Carol Grosser San Antonio, TX United States 08-03-09
    Carol Grosser San Antonio, TX United States 08-03-09 Listener Since 2001
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    "clueless pollyannaism"

    This author says we should all turn our farm animals loose and let them roam and lead natural lives. Of course, natural lives means reproduction and, before long, unless there are some Comanches around the earth would be filled with cattle eating grass to nothing and all that entails. I agree that feedlots and caged animal farming should be abandoned, but to follow this author's route is total stupidity of the highest order. The plains of USA with its bison population were maintained because the Indian cultures kept the herds within the carrying capacity of the Plains. Gosh, nature designed a predator/predatee system. Too bad the author had not figured that out. Of course, if he would rebut that mountain lions would take care of the excess cattle, they would, but they would also take care of the excess pollyannas of the world, including the author.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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