"The Covenant of the Wild" by Stephen Budiansky ,(HarperCollins 1992).I have as yet but one of my long time friends was telling me about it in an email. The author quotes an anthropological theory that animals voluntarily submitted to a contract with mankind, under which we gave them a good life, in return for as painless a premature death as possible and the subsequent use of their body parts. This theory is quite probably a reflection of what actually happened - we didn't capture the ancestors of cattle, sheep and pigs, (and dogs and horses) but they started following us around. This bloke argues that in resorting to industrial animal husbandry, we have broken that contract. Has anyone read the book and have any opinions on the subject and the book?