By Kendra Coulter
Interweaving human-animal reports, hard work theories and learn, and feminist political financial system, Coulter develops a different research of the accomplishments, complexities, difficulties, and chances of multispecies and interspecies labor.
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Extra resources for Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity
Moreover, many farming organizations explain/justify the storing of chickens, pigs, and cows indoors year round by saying that this provides them with “protection,” yet virtually none of these animals are kept alive for more than a few years or months. In other words, the animals are being protected from a few natural predators, but only until they will be killed by humans. On some farms, animals’ health issues are treated, while on others the animals may be sent to slaughter right away while sick or hurt, or killed on the property, with or without a veterinarian’s assistance.
The Unites States Department of Agriculture reports that about 9 billion animals are killed annually within US borders, but that figure excludes horses, rabbits, fish, and crustaceans, so the total is much higher (Humane Society of the United States 2014). The numbers climb by tens of billions when considering the global situation. The facilities where animals are sent to be killed have also changed in ways that impact people and labor processes, as well (Lee 2008). Amy Fitzgerald (2010) has traced the historical progression of slaughterhouse organization, which originally involved private killing of animals.
Many jobs with riding or racing horses, even if the racetrack is in an urban setting, is classified as “agricultural” work under the law in a number of jurisdictions (Cassidy 2007). These dynamics have tangible impacts on people’s lives. Eddie Sweat, groom to the decorated and accomplished racehorse Secretariat, died in poverty, a reflection of a few factors, including an industry in which most people toil for very little pay (Scanlan 2006). Jobs with animals that are materially more comfortable and secure are primarily in the public sector and are often unionized.