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

By Susan Nance

the idea that of 'modernity' is critical to many disciplines, yet what's modernity to animals? Susan Nance solutions this question via a thorough 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 alternate and zoo captive right into a distracting overseas superstar. voters on continents imaged Jumbo as a sentient person and puppy, yet have been aghast while he died in an business twist of fate and his continues to be have been absorbed via the taxidermic and animal rendering industries reserved for nameless animals. The case of Jumbo uncovered the 'human problem' of recent dwelling, in which humans celebrated person animals to manage or distract themselves from the wholesale slaughter of animals required through glossy consumerism.

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