Animals and Human Society

Animals and Human Society

1st Edition - September 18, 2017

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  • Editors: Colin Scanes, Samia Toukhsati
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128052471
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054383

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Animals and Human Society provides a solid, scientific, research-based background to advance understanding of how animals impact humans. Animals have had profound effects on people from the earliest times, ranging from zoonotic diseases, to the global impact of livestock, poultry and fish production, to the influences of human-associated animals on the environment (on extinctions, air and water pollution, greenhouse gases, etc.), to the importance of animals in human evolution and hunter -gatherer communities.As a resource for both science and non-science, Animals and Human Society can be used as a text for courses in Animals and Human Society or Animal Science, or as supplemental material for Introduction to Animal Science. It offers foundational background to those who may have little background in animal agriculture and have focused interest on companion animals and horses. The work introduces livestock production (including poultry and aquaculture) but also includes coverage of companion and lab animals. In addition, animal behavior and animal perception are covered.Animals and Human Society is likewise an excellent resource for researchers, academics, or students newly entering a related field or coming from another discipline and needing foundational information, as well as interested laypersons looking to augment their knowledge on the many impacts of animals in human society.

Key Features

  • Features research-based and pedagogically sound content, with learning goals and textboxes to provide key information
  • Challenges readers to consider issues based on facts rather than polemics
  • Poses ethical questions and raises overall societal impacts
  • Balances traditional animal science with companion animals, animal biology, zoonotic diseases, animal products, environmental impacts and all aspects of human/animal interaction


Undergrads in science and non-science majors, in biological science, pre-veterinary science, public health, animal science (internationally zootechnica), veterinary technicians, non-natural science majors, and as a recommended or required text for a class in Animals and Human Society or freshman Animal Science, as well as independently of courses, such as for researchers/ instructors/ graduates/postdocs and/or upper undergraduates in the above-mentioned disciplines and animal behavior, animal science, agriculture, food science, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, ecotoxicology, environmental science, veterinary medicine, public health, infectious disease/epidemiology and zooethnography and other interested readers with a background in biology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Animal perception – differences with those of people
    2. Animal attributes exploited by humans
    3. Animal products and human nutrition
    4. Animals and human development
    5. Hunter gatherers
    6. The Neolithic Revolution
    7. Domestic agricultural animals
    7.a. Impact of livestock globally to alleviating hunger
    7.b. The impact of animal genetics
    7.c. The impact of animal feeds
    7.d. Sustainable livestock production
    8. Non-vertebrates
    9. Animals in the military
    10. Animals in entertainment and sport
    10.e. The impact of horse
    10.f. The economic impact of horses in the USA
    11. Animals in religion, culture and mythology
    12. Animals as companions
    13. Animals in medicine and research
    13.g. Animal experimentation
    14. Zoonoses and allergies
    15. Pests
    16. Parasites
    17. Invasive and Introduced Species
    18. Impact of Agricultural Animals on the Environment
    19. Habitat Destruction
    19.h. Animal waste
    19.i. Wildlife and environmental pollution
    19.j. Human wildlife conflicts
    20. Animal welfare vs Animal rights
    21. Animal extinctions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 540
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: September 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128052471
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128054383

About the Editors

Colin Scanes

Colin G. Scanes was formerly editor of the journal Poultry Science and has held senior faculty and/or administrative positions at the University of Leeds, Rutgers—the State University of New Jersey, Iowa State University, Mississippi State University, and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Dr. Scanes was also the editor for the latest (sixth) edition of Sturkie’s Avian Physiology for Elsevier/Academic Press. He has extensive experience in teaching undergraduates and research with more than 600 publications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Biosciences/Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Milwaukee, USA

Samia Toukhsati

Samia R. Toukhsati is an Honorary Behavioural Neuroscientist at the Animal Welfare Science Centre in Australia with expertise in psychological research that includes human-animal interactions. Dr Toukhsati has held academic positions at Monash University and The Ohio State University and is presently appointed Research Fellow at Austin Health. Dr Toukhsati has extensive experience in tertiary education and research with more than 30 publications. She is also a graduate of the Go8 Future Research Leaders Program with more than 15 years’ international management experience in project innovation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Animal Welfare Science Centre, and Director, Psychosocial Research, Dept of Cardiology, Austin Health, Australia

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