Animal Envy

Category: Book
By (author): Nader, Ralph
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Political
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Published: October 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*What would animals tell us--about themselves, about us--if there were a common language among all animal species? A bracingly simple idea, one that has been used before in books like George Orwell's Animal Farm and E. B. White's Charlotte's Web among others, but never like this. In Animal Envy, Ralph Nader proposes, quite plausibly, that a programmer has created a "digital translation" app whereby animals of different species, from insects to whales, can speak to one another, and through a "hyper-advanced converter" these animals can then also speak, both collectively and individually, to humans. It is decided that there will be a global assembly. It will be called "The Great Talkout." Humans are persuaded to reserve 100 hours of network coverage so The Great Talkout may begin and will be viewed by humans everywhere, in all human languages, as well as all animal languages.     The novel that ensues is part parable, part contemporary politics, and part animal lore, deeply felt and powerfully informed. Just as he did when he wrote Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us, Nader shows here that his visionary genius knows no limits
Review Quote*"It's good to see Ralph Nader turning his attention to the way we treat animals.  Whether you love or hate the unusual framework he has chosen, the ideas he presents are important and demand our attention." -Peter Singer, professor of bioethics, Princeton University, and author, Animal Liberation

"Ralph Nader's Animal Envy is a stimulating, wide-ranging, and forward-looking book. By using a digitally converted language that is understandable across species, diverse nonhuman animals-from insects to whales-are able to communicate with one another and also with human animals. In an ensuing global assembly called 'The Great Talkout,' a panoply of animals not only tells us who they really are and what they want and need to flourish, but also shows how they can be of great benefit to us-a win-win for all. Along the way we meet many fascinating beings, including the insect triad-the Earthworm, the Monarch Butterfly, and the Honey Bee-who plea for the end of pesticides. 
"Using results from research on the cognitive and emotional lives of animals, Mr. Nader weaves in plausible stories of what we can learn about their agenda if we take the time to talk with and listen carefully to them. All in all, Animal Envy is a highly original and visionary book that made me think deeply about human-animal relationships and how they must change as other animals plea for less violence and appeal for compassionate coexistence in the Anthropocene, an epoch that truly has become the rage of humanity." -Marc Bekoff, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age (forthcoming, Beacon Press)
Biographical NoteAmerica's first citizen, RALPH NADER is a lawyer and author who has co-founded numerous public interest groups including Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety, Clean Water Action Project, the Disability Rights Center, the Pension Rights Center, Commercial Alert, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and the Center for Study of Responsive Law. He is credited with having passed more major legislation in the twentieth century than all but three US Presidents.

For the past forty-five years he has challenged abuses by corporate and government officials and has urged citizens to use their time, energy, and democratic rights to demand greater institutional accountability. In 1965, Nader's landmark book Unsafe at Any Speed changed the face of the automobile industry. The Atlantic named him as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, and Time and LIFE magazines honored him as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. As a result of his efforts, cars are safer, food is healthier, our environment is less polluted, and our democracy is more robust.