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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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ISBN10: 1250153255
ISBN13: 9781250153258

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288 Pages



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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.


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

"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."—Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan, and host of the Main Street Vegan Podcast

"[The Animal Lover's Guide to Changing the World] is really a treasure—sensible, readable, non-dogmatic, filled with innovative ideas and helpful suggestions, and brimming with humility and humanity."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, bestselling author Dogs Never Lie About Love and The Face On Your Plate

"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

“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."—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

"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."Library Journal

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About the author

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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