Matthew Scully seems an unlikely animal advocate: he was special assistant and senior speechwriter to G.W. Bush, and also wrote for Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney. The Genesis 1:24 quote about God granting humanity dominion over the fish and fowl and cattle is the platform on which Scully moves to (Christian) stewardship and charity arguments, that is, dominion need not mean domineering and should instead mean caring. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
This is one of the best books ever written on the subject of animal welfare. Scully, a journalist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, chooses to fight on his own ground, and he rightly argues that the important thing is not insisting upon equal "rights" for animals but in treating them with a modicum of respect and dignity. His book is as close as a philosophy can come to representing "animal rights" goals while not proclaiming animals to be equal in status to humans, as do classic works like Peter Singer's Animal Liberation. As a journalist, Scully personally investigated several major animal industries, including those of hunting, whaling, and factory farming. He asks penetrating questions and shows the logical and political inconsistencies used to defend cruel industries. Although some may balk at the author's sarcasm, it adds an emotional element to his unequaled depth of insight. Scully has a remarkable grasp of the issues and a unique perspective on our societal treatment of animals. Every library should purchase this book. Highly recommended.-John Kistler, Utah State Univ. Lib., Logan Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.