Pleasurable Kingdom

Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good by Jonathan Balcombe

  • Published: Oct 10, 2020

The recognition of animal pain and stress, once controversial, is now acknowledged by legislation in many countries, but there is no formal recognition of animals' ability to feel pleasure. Pleasurable Kingdom is the first book for lay-readers to... read more

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Details of Pleasurable Kingdom

Exact title of the book
Pleasurable Kingdom
Book author
Jonathan Balcombe
ISBN
9780230552272
Book series
MacSci
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
May 02, 2006
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
256
File size (in PDF)
2304 kB

Some brief overview of book

The recognition of animal pain and stress, once controversial, is now acknowledged by legislation in many countries, but there is no formal recognition of animals' ability to feel pleasure. Pleasurable Kingdom is the first book for lay-readers to present new evidence that animals-like humans-enjoy themselves. It debunks the popular perception that life for most is a continuous, grim struggle for survival and the avoidance of pain.

Instead it suggests that creatures from birds to baboons feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe proposes that the possibility of positive feelings in creatures other than humans has important ethical ramifications for both science and society.

About author

Balcombe is Animal Behaviour Research Consultant for the Washington DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the author of The Use of Animals in Higher Education Problems, Alternatives and Recommendations. He lives in Washington DC.

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