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Animal Machines

Animal Machines

By R Harrison, Noted animal welfare author, UK, M Stamp-Dawkins, University of Oxford, UK

March 2013 / Hardback / 224 Pages / 9781780642840 £29.99 / €37.00 / $56.50
With 10% online discount: £26.99 / €33.30 / $50.85
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Ruth Harrison's Animal Machines now a unique historical classic, had a profound impact on public opinion and the quality of life of farmed animals when it was published in 1964.

* Reprinted in its entirety, gives an accurate, and sometimes shocking, account of intensive farming in the 1960's, still current in large parts of the world today.
* Harrison's work greatly increased public awareness of animal welfare and led to legal reforms, shaping our closer understanding of farm conditions today.
* Provides a fascinating insight into the system we continue to live with as the global population increases.
* Includes foreword by Rachel Carson and new chapters by international experts in animal welfare including Marion Stamp Dawkins, discussing the book's significant legacy and impact today.


First published in 1964, Ruth Harrison's book Animal Machines had a profound and lasting impact on world agriculture, public opinion and the quality of life of millions of farmed animals.

Concerned with welfare standards at a time when animal production was increasing in scale and mechanisation, Ruth Harrison set about investigating the situation in a fair and even-handed way. Reporting her findings in Animal Machines, Harrison alerted the public to the undeniable suffering of calves living in veal crates and birds in battery cages.

Written at the beginning of the intensive farming movement, which promised progress but in reality worsened conditions for domesticated animals, Animal Machines provides a fascinating insight into the system we are living with today and must continue with as the global population increases.

Harrison's work brought about legal reforms, a greater understanding of farm conditions for animals and increased public awareness. Animal Machines is reprinted here in its entirety, accompanied by new chapters by world-renowned experts in animal welfare discussing the legacy and impact of Animal Machines 50 years on.

  • 1: Why We Still Need to Read Animal Machines
  • 2: Ruth Harrison – Tribute To An Inspirational Friend
  • 3: Animal Machines – Prophecy and Philosophy
  • 4: Ruth Harrison – A Tribute
  • 5: Ruth Harrison’s Later Writings and Animal Welfare Work
  • Foreword: Foreword to 1964 Edition by Rachel Carson
  • Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements
  • I: Introduction
  • II: Broiler Chickens
  • III: Poultry Packing Stations
  • IV: Battery Birds
  • V: Veal Calves
  • VI: Other Intensive Units
  • A: The New Factory Farming – A Pictorial Summary
  • VII: The Basis of Quality
  • VIII: Quantity Versus Quality
  • IX: Cruelty and Legislation
  • X: Conclusion

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