"If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity," Dr. Jane Goodall has written. This practical handbook is a very good start. Ethan Smith, a writer and animal welfare advocate, and Guy Dauncey, founder of the Solutions Project, begin with 25 specific topics and pressing issues in our relationships with animals. They identify more than 500 websites and reading resources where you can learn more about every solution.

Smith and Dauncey make it clear that there are many groups now working around the world to stop factory farms, product testing on animals, the abuse and neglect of companion animals, unsustainable fishing, sport and trophy hunting, and the destruction of the habitat of endangered species. The primary value of Building the Ark is helping us to see that individuals, action groups, schools, cities, farmers, fishers, businesses, governments, and developing nations can make a difference by working together.