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The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World

The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World

Practical Advice and Everyday Actions for a More Sustainable, Humane, and Compassionate Planet

Stephanie Feldstein

St. Martin's Griffin

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"This book belongs on every animal lover's shelfand it's a particularly great gift for young people who are on fire to save animals but are unsure where to start. Hooray!!" —Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus

The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World is the inspiring, accessible, and empowering book for everyone who loves animals and wants to live a more animal-friendly life, even if they aren’t ready to join a movement or give up bacon.

With more than 7.5 billion people on the planet, wildlife is going extinct at the fastest rate since the dinosaurs. Three to four million dogs and cats are killed in shelters every year; billions of chickens, pigs, and cows are killed for food; and countless animals are killed in research labs or their habitat. The numbers are daunting, but there’s good news too! Even one person truly can make a difference without breaking the bank.

With Stephanie Feldstein's straightforward and encouraging guidance, readers will learn how to take action to create a better world for the animals we love. It starts with changes as simple as taking a shorter shower, skipping meat once a week, wearing "this" not "that," and extends all the way to online activism and politics.

The animals need us; so let's get on with some world changing!

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The Animals Need You


Pigs are some of the smartest animals out there. They’ve figured out how to use mirrors—not in a Miss Piggy checking-out-her-hair kind of way, but to check out their surroundings (which...

Praise for The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World

"Feldstein’s no-judgment, do-what-you-can approach is refreshing. She offers readers the same generous understanding that she offers animals, and frequently emphasizes that tackling this big problem in any way, even imperfectly, is worthy."—Booklist

"[Feldstein's] relatable voice makes getting involved tangible for even the most novice advocates. There's no shortage of animals in need, and the author provides countless ways to transform belief into action."—Library Journal

"In the compelling style of a really good writer, and covering every aspect of animal exploitation and alternatives, this book tells us what’s wrong, what we can do about it today, and who’ll benefit from each action. After reading this, I feel uplifted, empowered, and motivated — grateful even, knowing how much we can do." —Victoria Moran, author, Main Street Vegan, and host, Main Street Vegan Podcast

"Here are 259 pages of great news: we animal lovers have SO much power! There's SO much we can do! Whatever your passion, whatever your budget, whatever your schedule, you'll literally find thousands of new ways to make a difference for animals, or make what you're already doing more effective. This book belongs on every animal lover's shelf--and it's a particularly great gift for young people who are on fire to save animals but are unsure where to start. Hooray!!" —Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus

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"Feldstein’s no-judgment, do-what-you-can approach is refreshing. She offers readers the same generous understanding that she offers animals, and frequently emphasizes that tackling this big problem in any way, even imperfectly, is worthy."—Booklist

"[Feldstein's] relatable voice makes getting involved tangible for even the most novice advocates. There's no shortage of animals in need, and the author provides countless ways to transform belief into action."—Library Journal

"In the compelling style of a really good writer, and covering every aspect of animal exploitation and alternatives, this book tells us what’s wrong, what we can do about it today, and who’ll benefit from each action. After reading this, I feel uplifted, empowered, and motivated — grateful even, knowing how much we can do." —Victoria Moran, author, Main Street Vegan, and host, Main Street Vegan Podcast

"Here are 259 pages of great news: we animal lovers have SO much power! There's SO much we can do! Whatever your passion, whatever your budget, whatever your schedule, you'll literally find thousands of new ways to make a difference for animals, or make what you're already doing more effective. This book belongs on every animal lover's shelf--and it's a particularly great gift for young people who are on fire to save animals but are unsure where to start. Hooray!!" —Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig and The Soul of an Octopus

“Animal abuse is a people problem, and The Animal Lover’s Guide to Changing the World provides cogent, actionable advice we can follow to make a positive difference in the lives of animals. Plus, when we help other animals, we also help ourselves and make the world a kinder place. Everything is connected.”—Gene Baur,
animal activist and bestselling author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life

"Anyone who loves animals will want multiple copies of this insightful book to give to friends. It is really a treasure—sensible, readable, non-dogmatic, filled with innovative ideas and helpful suggestions, and brimming with humility and humanity. I can't imagine any animal activist not learning something new and essential from Stephanie Feldstein."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, bestselling author Dogs Never Lie About Love and The Face On Your Plate

"This is exactly the book I was looking for when I was a nascent animal advocate 27 years ago and needed guidance and inspiration, and it's exactly the book that will be the light for many aspiring advocates and budding ambassadors of compassion."—Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, podcaster and author of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

"Nonhuman animals need all the help they can get, and Stephanie Feldstein's new book is just what is needed to give them the most compassionate and humane lives possible in the wide range of venues in which other animals and humans meet. Clearly written and appropriate for a global audience of all ages, I hope this practical guide with simple and easy-to-do action alerts winds up on the bookshelf of everyone who wants to help other animals live in peace and safety."—Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., author of The Animals' Agenda and Canine Confidential

?“Whether you’re passionate about protecting wildlife or you want to be part of the generation that ends factory farming, you need to read The Animal Lovers Guide to Changing the World. Feldstein provides dozens of easy, practical actions each of us can take to make the world a kinder place for human and nonhuman animals alike." —Nathan Runkle, founder of Mercy For Animals and author of Mercy For Animals

"This uplifting book is full of simple but meaningful actions that show animal lovers how to become animal advocates. Anyone whose life has ever been enriched by an animal now has the opportunity to pay the favor back." —Matthew Prescott, author of Food is The Solution: What to Eat to Save the World and Senior Director of Food and Agriculture for The Humane Society of the United States

"Feldstein’s important new book provides practical ways for readers to improve the world around them. This is an important new contribution to our literature on activist strategies." —Eliot Shrefer, New York Times bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist

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Stephanie Feldstein

Stephanie Feldstein is the Population and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she heads a national program that addresses the connection between human population growth, overconsumption, and the wildlife extinction crisis. She created the innovative Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign, and her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, NPR, Salon, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and more.

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