Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity

By G.A. Bradshaw
Yale University Press
ISBN: 978-0-300-12737-7
310 pages; $28.00

In Elephants on the Edge, G.A. Bradshaw exposes how - through mass slaughter, poaching and capture - we have ravaged elephant populations, while drawing comparisons between the ways people and elephants respond to traumatic situations. She offers anecdotes of elephants in confinement, which reveal eye opening accounts of the suffering these animals can be forced to endure as a result of their institutionalized settings. At times, the book is somewhat history and science laden. Nevertheless Bradshaw presents a thought provoking work challenging us to recognize how we have traumatized elephants through our actions, and imploring us to support those who are currently working to rehabilitate these animals in ways used by professionals to treat people who have survived trauma.