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The founder and president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, and best-selling author Gene Stone explore the wonders of animal life with “admiration and empathy” (The New York Times Book Review) and offer tools for living more kindly toward them.

In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are: astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities. In Animalkind, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone present these findings in a concise and awe-inspiring way, detailing a range of surprising discoveries, like that geese fall in love and stay with a partner for life, that fish “sing” underwater, and that elephants use their trunks to send subsonic signals, alerting other herds to danger miles away.

Newkirk and Stone pair their tour through the astounding lives of animals with a guide to the exciting new tools that allow humans to avoid using or abusing animals as we once did. Whether it’s medicine, product testing, entertainment, clothing, or food, there are now better options to all the uses animals once served in human life. We can substitute warmer, lighter faux fleece for wool, choose vegan versions of everything from shrimp to marshmallows, reap the benefits of animal-free medical research, and scrap captive orca exhibits and elephant rides for virtual reality and animatronics.

Animalkind provides a fascinating look at why our fellow living beings deserve our respect, and lays out the steps everyone can take to put this new understanding into action.

©2020 Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Go Vegan for the animals

Great listening and reading. We've hit the tipping point with 6% of people identify as vegans says this book. Sounds good.

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Kindness goes such a long way!

Informative audio book that makes it easy to switch to a vegan and plant-based lifestyle

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Move aside National Geographic and Discover!

This book is jam-packed with interesting facts and stories about animals and their uniqueness. I have a new sense of who animals are and why we should learn to live alongside them without harming them. I have always been fascinated by animals’ abilities and have read a lot about them but this book takes things to a whole new level. I also feel compelled to do more to help animals and I love that the book gives concrete things I can do, some that are really simple and some that will be more challenging. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in learning more about animals and how to help them.

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eye opening and tastefully done

I recommend this book to anyone who loves animals. it is interesting, entertaining, and full of great ideas and alternatives.

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Excellent case based book with great narration

Excellent case based book with great narration. This book is an eye-opener for anyone wanting to learn about animals in the food chain and the supply chain.

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Interesting and Informative

The book provided lots of interesting information about how to avoid harming and exploiting animals. It will serve as a good quick reference for my activism.

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Humanity is Up to Us

Love this book going to go back and listen one more time, take note. Been a vegetarian for 3 years , going Vegan for sure, this book was the next step in my evolution, thank you Ingrid & Gene

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Exceptional and important book

Simply put, we humans are not better than animals... we are just different. There is no justification for exploiting, abusing, killing or consuming animals. It needs to end. This book is crammed full of details of how sentient, intelligent and remarkable the beings we share our planet with truly are. It then tells just some of the horrific ways in which humans abuse animals, from testing, to entertainment, to farming.

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  • 02-02-21

Enlightening and emotional read. ...a must for everyone

Every one can learn something from this book. It not only informs but gives us small steps we can take to help make the world a kinder place