The Humane Society of the United States Press is pleased to announce the release of At Rest with the Animals: Thoughts over Thirty Years, a compilation of experiences with animals by former, longtime Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy. The essays, written during the last four decades, explore humans' sometimes cruel and sometimes kind relations with animals.
McCarthy, a well-known figure in the animal protection movement, gives both heart-warming and heart-wrenching accounts of human treatment toward animals. His essays broach a wide range of topics from downed cows, factory farming, circus animals, horse racing to threatened polar bears. Years later, many of these issues, including cruel treatment of downed cows in slaughterhouses, and the drugging and overburdening of race horses, are still prevalent today.
"At Rest with the Animals showcases the extraordinary breadth of Colman's examination of animal questions," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. "As we revisit his assembled writings, we can see it was not uncommon for him to provide an original moral framing of issues we've now come to debate in society in a serious way. He's been a soothsayer, and an elegant one at that. I'm proud that Colman agreed to let Humane Society Press, The HSUS' publishing division, share his rich legacy of animal-friendly journalism with a new generation of readers."