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Mapping Human Animal Relations

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Theories are tools that help us explain or understand the world around us, and ourselves. Theorizing "others" is inherently dangerous, especially when those in power—those with the education and positions that lead them to theorize—develop theories about "others" from whom they have much to gain. Humans in power, those with a vested interest in maintaining positions of power, have a tendency to be partial and unjust when theorizing about "others" whom they exploit. Recognizing this theorist's tendency is critical to any assessment of the value and viability of theorizing about "other" animals. This chapter explores exploitation of just a two species in just one industry—animal agriculture. It explores "dairy" cattle to help readers understand why our self—serving theories, which have horrendous affects on "other" animals must be subject to rigorous scrutiny.

Keywords:animals; theories



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