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. Kelsi Nagy, Phillip David Johnson II.

Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. Octavo, paperback, BRAND NEW.

In this book, a diverse group of environmental writers explore the roles of wildlife species deemed filthy, unwanted, invasive, or worthless, highlighting the vexed relationship humans have with such animals. Each essay focuses on a so-called trash species, gulls, coyotes, carp, cockroaches, magpies, and others, examining the biology and behaviour of each in contrast to the assumptions widely held about them. Identifying such animals as trash tells us nothing about problematic wildlife but rather reveals more about human expectations of, and frustrations with, the natural world.
By establishing the unique place that maligned species occupy in the contemporary landscape and in our imagination, the contributors challenge us to look closely at these animals, to reimagine our ethics of engagement with such wildlife, and to question the violence with which we treat them. Perhaps our attitudes reveal more about humans than they do about the animals.

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