“I think we should be more outspoken when we see the detrimental effects of our activities to the natural environment and the animals within. In this book, without claiming to cover the full complexity, I explore the relationships between human and non-human animals. This ranges from our bound with close companions like cats and dogs, to public attitudes towards exotic animals living far way or in zoos. I also argue that animal welfare should be central in the sustainability debate: what I term ‘sustanimalism’ (in Dutch, the combination of ‘dieren’ (animals), and ‘duurzaamheid’ (sustainability) leads to the neologism ‘dierzaamheid’). More respect for animals and nature is key to a sustainable society.” – Pim Martens
Pim Martens is passionate to bring sustainable change in our relationship with nature and the animals we live with. He is professor Sustainable Development at Maastricht University and has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Anthrozoology. Furthermore, he is a scientivist and founder of AnimalWise, a ‘think and do tank’ integrating scientific knowledge with animal advocacy.