Animals and War: Studies of Europe and North America by Ryan Hediger

By Ryan Hediger

Animals and warfare is the 1st choice of essays to review its subject. utilizing sociology, background, anthropology, and cultural reviews, it analyzes a variety of phenomena and exposes the customarily paradoxical contours of human-animal relationships.

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40 Lisa Jean Moore & Mary Kosut not improved in any way by their participation in wartime practices, particularly in the case of being a weapon or a weakness. Although bees cannot communicate all of their preferences or needs to humans, an ethical consideration of bee-human relationships must account for bees as creative productive living organisms. The United States Animal Welfare Act of 1966 regulates the treatment of animals through federal law. Animals are defined as such: (g) The term “animal” means any live or dead dog, cat, monkey (nonhuman primate mammal), guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, or such other warm-blooded animal, as the Secretary may determine is being used, or is intended for use, for research, testing, experimentation, or exhibition purposes, or as a pet; but such term excludes (1) birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research, (2) horses not used for research purposes, and (3) other farm animals, such as, but not limited to livestock or poultry, used or intended for use as food or fiber, or livestock or poultry used or intended for use for improving animal nutrition, breeding, management, or production efficiency, or for improving the quality of food or fiber.

Further, their suffering is wholly unjustified, given that they have no complicity in the war. Such cases demonstrate how biopolitical systems can function with little or no attention to individuals within them. The biopolitical system integrates animals into zoos against their will, exhibits them, and then disposes of them. Zoo animals’ suffering occupies the paradoxical space between their radically divergent wartime meanings—as social waste-products or heroes. In the biopolitics of war, animals are interpreted according to the exigency of the moment.

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