Since the 1960s, zoos and aquariums have been repeatedly challenged by animal rights activists, regulatory agencies, anti-tax advocates, and an assortment of litigators. Working through the American Zoological Association, these institutions learned to use the U.S. political system to their advantage and, simultaneously, crafted a more progressive public mission. This original study draws upon interviews, archival sources, Congressional records, court cases, regulatory hearings, media accounts, and the authors' ongoing field research.
"Useful ... I recommend this book with out reservation."--"Herpetological Review"
"Useful ... a meticulous play-by-play account of the political maneuvers of the American Zoological Association."--"Museum News"
""The Politics of Zoos" illuminates broader questions about the position of zoos in animal welfare and environmental politics and policy."--Christopher J. Bosso, Northeastern University