By Peter Laufer

Investigative journalist Peter Laufer is again together with his 3rd booklet in a trilogy that explores the way in which we people have interaction with animals. The assault of a coach at Sea global through a killer whale in February 2010 is the catalyst for this exam of the arguable position animals have performed within the human arenas of leisure and sports.

From the Romans throwing Christians to lions to cock-fighting in present-day California, from abusive Mexican circuses to the thrills of a Hungarian counterpart, from puppy education to capturing strays within the Baghdad streets, Laufer appears on the methods humans have used animals for his or her excitement. The reader travels with Laufer as he encounters interesting humans and areas, and as he ponders the moral questions that come up from his quest.

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She woke up choking on smoke, ran out of the room, and fell down stone steps trying to escape the burning house. The fall killed her. It was the third unexpected death in the house within a short period of time. ” Enter the roosters. The family secured a Hindu priest for the cleansing ceremony. Ornate decorations festooned the house. Elaborate spreads of enticing food were prepared. Musicians were hired. Herbert was invited to watch as the priest recited words designed to rid the house of what plagued it.

Louisiana politicians play well with words. When Louisiana joined the rest of the states and outlawed cockfighting in 2007, Opelousas representative (now state senator) Elbert Lee Guillory refused to join his fellow legislators. He voted against the law and made an intriguing argument for his decision. “The cockfighting industry in St. Landry County is a $12 million industry, in a place where there are very few industries and it’s very difficult for people to make a living,” Guillory said at the time.

Our amiable conversation enters the world of moral relativism. “You bet I am,” he says about the ubiquitous urban pest. “Absolutely. Do I think about cockroach rights when I do that? No,” he answers his own question in a quiet voice. “There is a scale. You’re not going to stomp on a chimpanzee that wanders into your kitchen. ” He can rationalize stomping the cockroach because as human beings we’ve put ourselves at the top of the scala naturae and cockroaches figure down near the bottom. “I’m not saying we should stomp ’em,” he quickly adds.

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