Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species


Why are a few species well-known or liked whereas others are despised? An eagle or hawk circling overhead evokes awe whereas city pigeons shuffling underfoot are kicked away in revulsion. Fly fishermen ponder carp an unwelcome trash fish, even if the trout they wish to capture are frequently both non-native. Wolves and coyotes are feared and hunted in numbers wildly disproportionate to the risks they pose to people and livestock.

In Trash Animals, a various team of environmental writers explores the typical heritage of natural world species deemed filthy, undesirable, invasive, or valueless, highlighting the vexed courting people have with such creatures. every one essay specializes in a so-called trash species—gulls, coyotes, carp, cockroaches, magpies, prairie canines, and lubber grasshoppers, between others—examining the biology and behaviour of every not like the assumptions greatly held approximately them. making a choice on such animals as trash tells us not anything approximately problematical flora and fauna yet quite unearths extra approximately human expectancies of, and frustrations with, the common world.

By developing the original position that maligned species occupy within the modern panorama and in our mind's eye, the individuals problem us to seem heavily at those animals, to reimagine our ethics of engagement with such natural world, and to query the violence with which we deal with them. possibly our attitudes show extra approximately people than they do concerning the animals.

Contributors: Bruce Barcott; Charles Bergman, Pacific Lutheran U; James E. Bishop, younger Harris collage; Andrew D. Blechman; Michael P. department, U of Nevada, Reno; Lisa Couturier; Carolyn Kraus, U of Michigan–Dearborn; Jeffrey A. Lockwood, U of Wyoming; Kyhl Lyndgaard, Marlboro university; Charles Mitchell, Elmira collage; Kathleen D. Moore, Oregon country U; Catherine Puckett; Bernard Quetchenbach, Montana country U, Billings; Christina Robertson, U of Nevada, Reno; Gavan P. L. Watson, U of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

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