Animal Modernity: Jumbo the Elephant and the Human Dilemma by Susan Nance

By Susan Nance

the idea that of 'modernity' is imperative to many disciplines, yet what's modernity to animals? Susan Nance solutions this query via an intensive reinterpretation of the lifetime of Jumbo the elephant. within the Eighteen Eighties, shoppers, the media, zoos, circuses and taxidermists, and (unknowingly) Jumbo himself, reworked the elephant from an orphan of the worldwide ivory exchange and zoo captive right into a distracting foreign famous person. electorate on continents imaged Jumbo as a sentient person and puppy, yet have been aghast whilst he died in an business coincidence and his continues to be have been absorbed through the taxidermic and animal rendering industries reserved for nameless animals. The case of Jumbo uncovered the 'human hindrance' of contemporary dwelling, in which humans celebrated person animals to manage or distract themselves from the wholesale slaughter of animals required by means of glossy consumerism.

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