Citizen Canine

  • by David Grimm
  • Narrated by Graham Hamilton
  • 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this fascinating exploration of the changing status of dogs and cats in society, pet lover and award-winning journalist David Grimm explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals. He treks the long and often torturous path from their wild origins to their dark days in the middle ages to their current standing as the most valued animals on Earth. As he travels across the country - riding along with Los Angeles detectives as they investigate animal cruelty cases, touring the devastation of New Orleans in search of the orphaned pets of Hurricane Katrina, and coming face-to-face with wolves and feral cats - Grimm reveals the changing social attitudes that have turned pets into family members, and the remarkable laws and court cases that have elevated them to quasi citizens.The journey to citizenship isn’t a smooth one, however. As Grimm finds, there’s plenty of opposition to the rising status of cats and dogs. From scientists and farmers worried that our affection for pets could spill over to livestock and lab rats to philosophers who say the only way to save society is to wipe cats and dogs from the face of the earth, the battle lines are being drawn. We are entering a new age of pets - one that is fundamentally transforming our relationship with these animals and reshaping the very fabric of society. For pet lovers or anyone interested in how we decide who gets to be a “person” in today’s world, Citizen Canine is a must-have. It is a pet tale like no other.

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Cats and Dogs Unite!

Seriously, every now and then this book tried getting a bit political and I kept thinking that Grimm was going to force Unionization upon our favorite four-legged friends. Thankfully however, he stopped short of this, and let me just take this opportunity to get the "political" aspect of the book out of the way. There's quite a bit of back and forth about whether animals should legally be granted "personhood," should be granted rights. This is ticking off veterinarians (malpractice suits), agribusiness (livestock/meat industry), and laboratories (Oh, hell, what are we gonna cut up now?). ALL of them are squawking about not giving animals those rights: it'll ruin their business, slow production, set science back, etc. etc. And most people are against it too because oddly enough, in a lot of states, it would give animals more rights than people. To this I say, animals need more protection in businesses--they suffer far too much. I'm not saying stop using them, just, jiminy h. cricket, can't we be more humane?!? Also, do we always have to drop to the least common denominator? How about, instead of continuing to deny rights to animals, let's elevate rights for humans also?
Okay, that was my rant about that part of the book, and that's not what the whoooole book was about. There was plenty of great stuff in here. A few ick bits, as D. Grimm goes on an "Animal Cops"-type ride along to find the severed heads of two dogs (and hallelujah, at least we're in a day and age where that's legally taken seriously). But some great visits to rescues, and sanctuaries are here also. Ditto with the histories of our beloved furbags.
I really enjoyed this book, thought it was credit-worthy and the narration, if not inspired, was more than adequate.
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- Gillian "SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!"

hasty and mechanical narration

Would you try another book from David Grimm and/or Graham Hamilton?


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After an hour I had to stop the audio. I bought the kindle book. The narrator seemed in a rush to get the narration over with, not the least intuitive.Mechanical reading. Very difficult if not impossible to focus on the content because of the distracting empty voice. It sounds like he reads fast to get it over with quickly like a iuvenile reading an assigned text that he does not care to understand.

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- Armchair Shopper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios