Animal Death

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Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey
Sydney University Press, 2013 - Animal rights - 325 pages

Animal death is a complex,uncomfortable, depressing, motivating and sensitive topic. For those scholars participating in Human-Animal Studies, it is -- accompanied by the concept of 'life' -- the ground upon which their studies commence, whether those studies are historical, archaeological, social, philosophical, or cultural. It is a tough subject to face, but as this volume demonstrates, one at the heart of human-animal relations and human-animal studies scholarship...books have power.

Words convey moral dilemmas. Human beings are capable of being moral creatures. So it may prove with the present book. Dear reader, be warned. Reading about animal death may prove a life-changing experience. If you do not wish to be exposed to that possibility, read no further. In the end, by concentrating our attention on death in animals, in so many guises and circumstances, we, the human readers, are brought face to face with the reality of our world. It is a world of pain, fear and enormous stress and cruelty. It is a world that will not change anytime soon into a human community of vegetarians or vegans. But at least books like this are being written for public reflection.' -- From the Foreword by The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

 

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Contents

In the shadow of all this death
1
Human and animal space in historic pet cemeteries
21
an exploration of nonhuman
43
Confronting corpses and theatre animals
67
Respect for the animal dead
85
animal death rites of mourning
103
Mining animal death for all its worth
119
images of death and redemption
137
Julia Leighs The hunter as film
189
Euthanasia and morally justifiable killing in a veterinary
205
Heini Hedigers
221
white animals
239
curare restrictionism and abolitionism
253
living and dying in Arctic Greenland
277
transpecies identity and ontological
293
About the contributors
307

chicken advocacy and visual culture
151
horse sacrifice in ancient
169

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