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Mutual Rescue: Disabled Animals And Their Caretakers, Lynda Birke, Lori Gruen Jan 2022

Mutual Rescue: Disabled Animals And Their Caretakers, Lynda Birke, Lori Gruen

Animal Studies Journal

In this paper, we explore how caretakers experience living with disabled companion animals. Drawing on interviews, as well as narratives on websites and other support groups, we examine ways in which caretakers describe the lives of animals they live with, and their various disabilties. The animals were mostly dogs, plus a few cats, with a range of physical disabilities; almost all had been rehomed, often from places specializing in homing disabled animals.

Three themes emerged from analysis of these texts: first, respondents drew heavily on the common narrative of disabled individuals as heroes, often noted in disability rights literature – while ...


The Number Game: Counting Kangaroos, David Brooks Jan 2022

The Number Game: Counting Kangaroos, David Brooks

Animal Studies Journal

Well over one million kangaroos are shot each year in New South Wales, around half of them for the kangaroo ‘industry’, a harvest underpinned by the annual supply of population estimates sustaining the widespread impression that kangaroos are a ‘pest’, ‘in plague proportions’. Each year these figures, added to historical tables (typically from 1990 onward), are published as part of the state’s Quota Report, upon which the following year’s shooting quota is based. Drawn from aerial surveys, these estimates are nevertheless characterised by the persistent incidence of extraordinary annual population growth rates, well in excess of biological possibility ...


Wild Dogs And Decolonization: Ivan Sen’S Mystery Road And Omar Musa’S Here Come The Dogs, Iris Ralph Jan 2022

Wild Dogs And Decolonization: Ivan Sen’S Mystery Road And Omar Musa’S Here Come The Dogs, Iris Ralph

Animal Studies Journal

The broad subject of First Nations and decolonial perspectives on animal flourishing is addressed in this paper in a reading of references to canids in Mystery Road (2013), a film by the First Nations-Australian director, Ivan Sen, and Here Come the Dogs (2014), a novel by the Malaysian-Australian author Omar Musa. Dingoes and other wild dogs are a prominent trope in Sen’s film and tie to seemingly perdurable debates about the rights of these animals to flourish in Australia. Dingo advocates argue that dingoes are endemic to Australia, are Australia’s oldest introduced animals, and are a top predator ...


[Review] ‘Every Moving Thing Shall Be Meat For You.’ A Review Of David Brooks. Animal Dreams. Animal Publics Series, Sydney University Press, 2021. 290 Pp., Michelle Hamadache Jan 2022

[Review] ‘Every Moving Thing Shall Be Meat For You.’ A Review Of David Brooks. Animal Dreams. Animal Publics Series, Sydney University Press, 2021. 290 Pp., Michelle Hamadache

Animal Studies Journal

[Review] ‘Every Moving Thing Shall Be Meat for You.’ A review of David Brooks. Animal Dreams. Animal Publics series, Sydney University Press, 2021. 290 pp. Animal Dreams is David Brooks’s third book assailing the vast edifice of the human-animal’s obdurate refusal to rethink its relationship with other animals. It is an erudite and searching contribution to the field of animal studies, and a passionate, persuasive appeal to the mind, heart and senses to change the way of human being-in-the-world that is pushing so many species to extinction and exploiting and truncating the lives of individual animals. Brooks is ...


[Review] Liz P.Y. Chee. Mao’S Bestiary: Medicinal Animals And Modern China. Duke University Press, 2021. 288 Pp., Peter J. Li Jan 2022

[Review] Liz P.Y. Chee. Mao’S Bestiary: Medicinal Animals And Modern China. Duke University Press, 2021. 288 Pp., Peter J. Li

Animal Studies Journal

[Review] Liz P.Y. Chee. Mao’s Bestiary: Medicinal Animals and Modern China. Duke University Press, 2021. 288 pp. The COVID-19 pandemic has secured its place as a 21st century global public health disaster. It has killed more than 6.2 million and infected close to 500 million people worldwide (Worldometer). Acknowledging Wuhan’s wildlife market as the ground zero of the pandemic and the devastation caused by SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) 17 years earlier, China’s Communist authorities made the long overdue decision on February 24, 2020 and outlawed wildlife breeding and trade for the country’s exotic ...


[Review] Mieke Roscher, André Krebber, And Brett Mizelle, Editors. Handbook Of Historical Animal Studies. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2021. 637 Pp., David Herman Jan 2022

[Review] Mieke Roscher, André Krebber, And Brett Mizelle, Editors. Handbook Of Historical Animal Studies. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2021. 637 Pp., David Herman

Animal Studies Journal

[Review] Mieke Roscher, André Krebber, and Brett Mizelle, editors. Handbook of Historical Animal Studies. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2021. 637 pp. In their introduction to the volume under review, ‘Writing History after the Animal Turn? An Introduction to Historical Animal Studies’ (1–18), which uses Harriet Ritvo’s 2007 article ‘On the Animal Turn’ as a key reference point, the editors describe as follows the main goal of and broader rationale for the book: "the discourses of human-animal studies and historical animal studies, just like all the other disciplines involved in the reevaluation of the lives of animals and our ...


Learning Hope In The Anthropocene: The Party For The Animals And Hope As A Political Practice, Eva Meijer Jan 2022

Learning Hope In The Anthropocene: The Party For The Animals And Hope As A Political Practice, Eva Meijer

Animal Studies Journal

This article investigates the role of hope in politics, in the context of the current climate crisis. Hoping for positive transformation may seem naïve and or a way to avoid action, but there is a close connection between hope and democratic action. Understood as a collective political practice, hope can contribute to imagining and articulating alternative futures, and motivate action. The first part of the paper explicates the relevance of the work of Ernst Bloch for the challenges of the Anthropocene. It focuses specifically on learning hope as a collective political practice, the function of utopias in fostering political ...


Zoolondopolis, Pablo P. Castelló Jan 2022

Zoolondopolis, Pablo P. Castelló

Animal Studies Journal

Imagine a future in which animals had fundamental rights to political participation and voting. What would our towns and cities look like? What kind of infrastructure would we need? And what kind of zoodemocracy would we, animals, co-author? As counterintuitive as it might seem, sometimes what is needed is not a minimal agenda. Animal rights theorists and the animal rights movement more generally have focused for decades on abolishing the farming of animals and on one-issue campaigns such as the abolition of the animal fur trade. These are noble and important pursuits, but what if the driving force to produce ...


Snake Church, Sue Hall Pyke Jan 2022

Snake Church, Sue Hall Pyke

Animal Studies Journal

This paper imagines Snake Church as a post-secular worship practice that reaches with and beyond the vilified serpent held within the limits of Judeo-Christianity. Snake Church offers a devotional practice enlivening enough to shift the languish of a post-secular world where the reasonableness of Enlightenment has crumbled into numbers like 440ppms and 1.5C. The Western empire has been revealed as stark naked, vulnerable, an old skin that cannot hold my world. Snake Church offers me a sacred opiating hope. As I approach a nascent liturgy, here, in the settler-ravaged Stony Rises, home to the Eastern Maar tiger snake and ...


The Spotted Hyena In Popular Media And The Biopolitical Implications For Conservation Strategy, Annika Hugosson Jan 2022

The Spotted Hyena In Popular Media And The Biopolitical Implications For Conservation Strategy, Annika Hugosson

Animal Studies Journal

The hyena has been depicted as a villain for millennia, with examples spanning from ancient European texts to today’s popular culture. In the past 30 years, especially, catalysed by Disney’s The Lion King, the hyena-as-villain has been cycled throughout various media. By taking a critical animal studies approach to analysing Western media content depicting hyenas, specifically the spotted hyena, I theorize the implications of morally othering hyenas such that they are rendered killable, which relegates them relative to other species-specific conservation concerns. Hyenas are vilified in part through misrepresentations of their actual ecological roles, the biopolitical ramifications of ...


Cover Page, Table Of Contents, Editorial And Contributor Biographies, Sally Borrell, Clare Archer-Lean Jan 2022

Cover Page, Table Of Contents, Editorial And Contributor Biographies, Sally Borrell, Clare Archer-Lean

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2022 11(1): Cover Page, Table of Contents, Editorial and Contributor Biographies.


A Nude Horse Is A Rude Horse: The Society For Indecency To Naked Animals, Thomas Aiello Oct 2021

A Nude Horse Is A Rude Horse: The Society For Indecency To Naked Animals, Thomas Aiello

Animal Studies Journal

In 1959, Alan Abel began sending out a series of press releases to American media outlets credited to a new organization, The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals. Using the language of conservative moralists opposed to the changes in postwar society, he argued that ‘naked’ animals were scandalous and needed to be clothed. Pets, farm animals, and wildlife were all included, as the organization hued to slogans like ‘a nude horse is a rude horse’ and ‘decency today means morality tomorrow’. Abel employed comedian Buck Henry to play the organization’s president, G. Clifford Prout, who gave interviews and speeches ...


Empathy, Animals, And Deadly Vices, Kathie Jenni Jan 2021

Empathy, Animals, And Deadly Vices, Kathie Jenni

Animal Studies Journal

In Deadly Vices, Gabriele Taylor provides a secular analysis of vices which in Christian theology were thought to bring death to the soul: sloth, envy, avarice, pride, anger, lust, and gluttony. She argues that these vices are appropriately singled out and grouped together in that ‘they are destructive of the self and prevent its flourishing’. Using a related approach, I offer a secular analysis of gluttony and cowardice, examining their roles in common failures to empathise with animals. I argue that these vices constitute serious moral failings, for they enable continuing complicity in animal abuse and undermine integrity. While Taylor ...


Cover Page, Table Of Contents, Editorial And Contributor Biographies, Melissa Boyde Jan 2021

Cover Page, Table Of Contents, Editorial And Contributor Biographies, Melissa Boyde

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(1): Cover Page, Table of Contents, Editorial and Contributor Biographies.


Introduction: Critical Animal Studies Perspectives On Covid-19, Chloë Taylor, Kelly Struthers Montford, Eva Kasprzycka Jan 2021

Introduction: Critical Animal Studies Perspectives On Covid-19, Chloë Taylor, Kelly Struthers Montford, Eva Kasprzycka

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(1): Introduction: Critical Animal Studies Perspectives on Covid-19


A Covid Calendar, In Twelve Animals, Dana Medoro Jan 2021

A Covid Calendar, In Twelve Animals, Dana Medoro

Animal Studies Journal

This poem reflects upon the year 2020, the death of an animal-activist in Canada, and the murderous effects of COVID-19 on non-human animals


Multispecies Disposability: Taxonomies Of Power In A Global Pandemic, Darren Chang, Lauren Corman Jan 2021

Multispecies Disposability: Taxonomies Of Power In A Global Pandemic, Darren Chang, Lauren Corman

Animal Studies Journal

This paper bridges critical conversations regarding animal exploitation and racialized violence that have been occurring throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We apply Claire Jean Kim’s analysis of taxonomies of power to help make sense of the interwoven multispecies catastrophes of racialized animalization and animalized racialization, such as the violence experienced by various species of nonhuman animals, as well as East Asians and other People of Colour in the West, whether in public spaces, in media, on farms, or inside industrial animal slaughterhouses or meatpacking plants. We conclude by arguing that Kim’s ethics of mutual avowal provides a productive way ...


The Contagion Of Slow Violence: The Slaughterhouse And Covid-19, Kelly Struthers Montford, Tessa Wotherspoon Jan 2021

The Contagion Of Slow Violence: The Slaughterhouse And Covid-19, Kelly Struthers Montford, Tessa Wotherspoon

Animal Studies Journal

COVID-19 has brought to the fore the violence faced by slaughterhouse workers and those they are charged with slaughtering. This article argues that COVID-19 has wrought an acceleration of the slow violence of state organized race crime (Nixon, Ward), in spreading rapidly through the slaughterhouse and to surrounding racialized communities. We show that zoonotic pandemics are the result of state organized race crime, and that abattoirs are locations of inseparable animal and racial violence. We then analyse how the law and state institutions have positioned slaughterhouse work as essential, contra workers’ claims and general knowledge that meat is an inessential ...


The Covid Pandemic, ‘Pivotal’ Moments, And Persistent Anthropocentrism: Interrogating The (Il)Legitimacy Of Critical Animal Perspectives, Paula Arcari Jan 2021

The Covid Pandemic, ‘Pivotal’ Moments, And Persistent Anthropocentrism: Interrogating The (Il)Legitimacy Of Critical Animal Perspectives, Paula Arcari

Animal Studies Journal

Situated alongside, and intertwined with, climate change and the relentless destruction of ‘wild’ nature, the global Covid-19 pandemic should have instigated serious reflection on our profligate use and careless treatment of other animals. Widespread references to ‘pivotal moments’ and the need for a reset in human relations with ‘nature’ appeared promising. However, important questions surrounding the pandemic’s origins and its wider context continue to be ignored and, as a result, this moment has proved anything but pivotal for animals. To explore this disconnect, this paper undertakes an analysis of dominant Covid discourses across key knowledge sites comprising mainstream media ...


Covid-19 And Capital: Labour Studies And Nonhuman Animals – A Roundtable Dialogue, Charlotte Blattner, Kendra Coulter, Dinesh Wadiwel, Eva Kasprzycka Jan 2021

Covid-19 And Capital: Labour Studies And Nonhuman Animals – A Roundtable Dialogue, Charlotte Blattner, Kendra Coulter, Dinesh Wadiwel, Eva Kasprzycka

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(1): Covid-19 and Capital: Labour Studies and Nonhuman Animals – A Roundtable Dialogue.


[Review] Dara M. Wald And Anna L. Peterson. Cats And Conservationists: The Debate Over Who Owns The Outdoors. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2020. 153 Pp., Wendy Woodward Jan 2021

[Review] Dara M. Wald And Anna L. Peterson. Cats And Conservationists: The Debate Over Who Owns The Outdoors. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2020. 153 Pp., Wendy Woodward

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(1): [Review] Dara M. Wald and Anna L. Peterson. Cats and Conservationists: The Debate over Who Owns the Outdoors. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2020. 153 pp.


[Review] Jody Berland. Virtual Menageries: Animals As Mediators In Network Cultures. Cambridge Mass: Mit Press, 2019. 328 Pp., Prof. Peta Tait Jan 2021

[Review] Jody Berland. Virtual Menageries: Animals As Mediators In Network Cultures. Cambridge Mass: Mit Press, 2019. 328 Pp., Prof. Peta Tait

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(1): [Review] Jody Berland. Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures. Cambridge Mass: MIT Press, 2019. 328 pp.


[Review] Peter Godfrey-Smith. Metazoa: Animal Life And The Birth Of The Mind. New York: Farar, Straus And Giroux, 2020. 336 Pp., David Herman Jan 2021

[Review] Peter Godfrey-Smith. Metazoa: Animal Life And The Birth Of The Mind. New York: Farar, Straus And Giroux, 2020. 336 Pp., David Herman

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(1): [Review] Peter Godfrey-Smith. Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind. New York: Farar, Straus and Giroux, 2020. 336 pp.


Nature In The Dark - Public Space For More-Than-Human Encounters, Jan Brueggemeier Jan 2021

Nature In The Dark - Public Space For More-Than-Human Encounters, Jan Brueggemeier

Animal Studies Journal

Drawing on the continuing work of the Nature in the Dark (NITD) project, an art collaboration and publicity campaign between the Centre for Creative Arts (La Trobe University) and the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), this paper aims to explore some of the disciplinary crossovers between art, science and philosophy as encountered by this project and to think about their implications for an environmental ethics more generally. Showcasing animal life from Victoria, Australia, the NITD video series I and II invited international artists to create video works inspired by ecological habitat surveys from the Victorian National Parks land and water ...


'Fulfilling Your Dog's Potential': Changing Dimensions Of Power In Dog Training Cultures In The Uk, Nickie Charles, Rebekah Fox, Harriet Smith, Mara Miele Jan 2021

'Fulfilling Your Dog's Potential': Changing Dimensions Of Power In Dog Training Cultures In The Uk, Nickie Charles, Rebekah Fox, Harriet Smith, Mara Miele

Animal Studies Journal

This article explores the workings of power in dog training cultures through an analysis of UK dog training manuals from the mid-19th century to the present. We focus on gundog and companion dog training cultures, investigating the dog-human relations they assume, the changing conceptions of human-animal relations they represent, and the inequalities and relations of power in which they are embedded. Rather than thinking about changing training practices in terms of a shift from dominance to positive training, or from instrumental to affective relations, we argue that training cultures reveal how inter-species inequalities are conceptualised and reproduced in a range ...


[Review] Teya Brooks Pribac. Enter The Animal: Cross-Species Perspectives On Grief And Spirituality. Sydney University Press, 2021. 262 Pp, Donovan O. Schaefer Jan 2021

[Review] Teya Brooks Pribac. Enter The Animal: Cross-Species Perspectives On Grief And Spirituality. Sydney University Press, 2021. 262 Pp, Donovan O. Schaefer

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(2): [Review] Teya Brooks Pribac. Enter the Animal: Cross-species Perspectives on Grief and Spirituality. Sydney University Press, 2021. 262 pp


[Review] Felice Cimatti And Carlo Salzani, Editors. Animality In Contemporary Italian Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 341 Pp., Matthew Calarco Jan 2021

[Review] Felice Cimatti And Carlo Salzani, Editors. Animality In Contemporary Italian Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 341 Pp., Matthew Calarco

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(2): [Review] Felice Cimatti and Carlo Salzani, editors. Animality in Contemporary Italian Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 341 pp.


[Review] Austin Mcquinn. Becoming Audible: Sounding Animality In Performance. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021. 200 Pp., Annie Garlid Jan 2021

[Review] Austin Mcquinn. Becoming Audible: Sounding Animality In Performance. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021. 200 Pp., Annie Garlid

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(2): [Review] Austin McQuinn. Becoming Audible: Sounding Animality in Performance. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021. 200 pp.


[Review] Gordon Meade With Jo-Anne Mcarthur. Zoospeak. London: Enthusiastic Press, 2020. 126 Pp., Wendy Woodward Jan 2021

[Review] Gordon Meade With Jo-Anne Mcarthur. Zoospeak. London: Enthusiastic Press, 2020. 126 Pp., Wendy Woodward

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(2): [Review] Gordon Meade with Jo-Anne McArthur. Zoospeak. London: Enthusiastic Press, 2020. 126 pp.


[Review] Marcus Byrne And Helen Lunn. Dance Of The Dung Beetles: Their Role In Our Changing World. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2019. 228 Pp., Wendy Woodward Jan 2021

[Review] Marcus Byrne And Helen Lunn. Dance Of The Dung Beetles: Their Role In Our Changing World. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2019. 228 Pp., Wendy Woodward

Animal Studies Journal

Animal Studies Journal 2021 10(2): [Review] Marcus Byrne and Helen Lunn. Dance of the Dung Beetles: Their Role in Our Changing World. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2019. 228 pp.