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Reading the Animal Text in the Landscape of the Damned

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Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned looks at the diverse texts of our everyday world relating to nonhuman animals and examines the meanings we imbibe from them. It describes ways in which we can explore such artefacts, especially from the perspective of groups and individuals with little or no power. This work understands the oppression of nonhuman animals as being part of a spectrum incorporating sexism, racism, xenophobia, economic exploitation and other forms of oppression. The enquiry includes, physical landscapes, the law, women�s rights, history, slavery, language use, economic coercion, farming, animal experimentation and much more. Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned is an academic work but is accessible, theoretically based but robustly practical and it encourages the reader to take this enquiry further for both themselves and for others.

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Published 22 October 2019
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Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned
Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned
Les Mitchell
Fîrst edîtîon, second împressîon 2019
Text and the work copyrîght © The Author, Les Mîtche 2019
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Pubîshed în South Afrîca on behaf of the author by NISC (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 377, Grahamstown, 6140, South Afrîca
ISBN 978-1-920033-60-6 (prînt) ISBN 978-1-920033-61-3 (PDF) ISBN 978-1-920033-62-0 (ePub)
Desîgn, typesettîng and ayout: NISC (Pty) Ltd Proofreadîng: Peter Lague Cover desîgn: Advanced Desîgn Group Photographs: ©The Author Prînted by Dîgîta Actîon (Pty) Ltd
Do we recognîse the sufferîng împosed upon bîîons of nonhuman anîmas by human anîmas în the lesh and mîk îndustry; în vîvîsectîon aboratorîes; în usîng them for power and entertaînment and în the takîng of theîr natura habîtat? Gîven that nonhuman anîmas are uttery poweress to resîst thîs oppressîon how îs our Socîety caed to act?
Centra and Southern Afrîca Yeary Meetîng of the Reîgîous Socîety of Frîends (Quakers) Heronbrîdge, South Afrîca 2006
Acknowledgements In so many ways countess peope have contrîbuted to thîs book and I am gratefu to a of them and my thanks go to Mîke and the staff at NISC for theîr professîonaîsm and expertîse în beîng abe to put a of thîs together. Specîa thanks go to Oîve and Bob for guîdance and the tîmeess advîce to aways “thînk for yoursef”, to Emma and Ruth for theîr beîef and encouragement and to Pauîne for endess patîence as we as dîscussîons, îdeas, readîng thîs work and for înspîratîona coffee and breadstîcks. Thank you to Rache for aowîng me the prîvîege of usîng many of her words în re teîng the story of hersef and Jerom. And a ovîng, thank you to a of our specîa nonhuman anîma companîons, for joy over the years and through dîverse countrîes. Truy we have crossed many rîvers together.
Contents
Introductîon...............................................................................................
dA world dîvîded ....................................................................................Burîed feeîngs 3 On the other sîde of the fence 5 Lega abuse 7 Mînds în the baance 8
2dRealîty. truth and the devîl’s rope ....................................................0 Too kît 10 Socîa practîces 10 Seîng îves 11 Common sense 11 Texts – transmîttîng meanîng 12 Readîng mînds 12 Cowboy country 13 Landscapes of the damned 15
dSayîng more than we thînk ...............................................................9 The anguage we use 19 The communîcatîon processes 19 Hîdden meanîngs 20 Dîscourses 21 Lînguîstîc forensîcs 21 Examînîng the text 22 Nîce words 23 Anaysîs 23 What îs the text actuay sayîng? 24 Anîmas and anguage 25
4dVîolent language................................................................................26 Caîng names 26 Pîgs and porky pîes 28 Vîoent words and vîctîms’ îves 29 Hîstory 30 A deady mess 31 Bodîes of no further use 32 Domestîcatîon or deceptîon? 33 Anîmas, women and words 34
5dChaîned mînds....................................................................................7 Arîstote, chaîns and adders 37 Long chaîn runnîng 38
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Racîaîzîng scîence 40 Evovîng nonsense and rea kînshîp
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6dLîves wîth purposes and other lîes...................................................45 Good breedîng? 45 Eugenîcs for a 45 Lîves for a purpose 47 The cow who dîed to teach 49
7dBound together?.................................................................................5 Savery în our and? 51 Savery as a socîa practîce 51 Savery dîscourses and îdeoogy 54 Objectîons 56
8dBucolîc facades..................................................................................58 Down on the farm 58 Productîon machînes and raw materîas. 59 Quaîty contro – scîence tests the products 61 Producîng producers 63 Breeds as brands 63 Breedîng vîoence 64 Breed Storîes 64 Carna desîres at the house of lesh 66 Concusîon 67
9dHorsemeat and bull...........................................................................68 The drama begîns 68 Humans and horses – an abusîve ove affaîr 69 Eatîng horses 72 What’s the probem? 73 Horse lesh în the news 74 Constructîng the story 74 Fesh on the move 75 Representîng anîmas 76 Makîng jokes 77 Amorphous lesh 77 Lookîng behînd the facade 77
0dWrîtîng wrongs.................................................................................79 Labs and anguage 79 Language în the egîsatîon 80 Lega kîîng, forms of dyîng 80 Who kîs and how 81 Experîments on humans 82
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Anîmas în The House Dead rîght 86 War 87 Fîppîng lesh 88
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dLyîng by tellîng the truth .................................................................90 Language of the dîscîpîne 90 Standardîsed sufferîng 90 Absent agents and dîsappearîng anîmas 92 Materîa beîngs and beîng îmmaterîa 93 Pîgs become kîdneys 94 Dogs and jaws 95 Doars and death 96
2dPayîng the prîce...............................................................................97 Seîng sufferîng 97 Behînd the websîtes and the was 99 Do ît yoursef 101 Lookîng back 102
dScîentîic vîctîms and sexual fantasîes.........................................0 Hîstory of anîma experîments 103 Caude Bernard 105 Poverty and power 106 Rough treatment 108 Sex and nonsense 109 Pornography, gynaecoogy and stabes 110
4dMad women and the brown dog..................................................... The Great Debate 113 A growîng force 114 Border skîrmîshes 115 The sîck sex? 116 Mad women 118 The Brown Dog 121 Fountaîn of resîstance 122 Poîtîca attack 125 A dog by any other name 126 The return of The Dog 127 Bands of Mercy 127 The centra questîon 129
5dWar crîmes......................................................................................0 Why do we carry out experîments on anîmas? 130 Experîments on humans 130
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