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Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance (Counterpunch)by Jason Hribal
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A Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo leaps a 12-foot high wall and mauls three visitors who had been tormenting her, killing one. A circus elephant tramples and gores a sadistic trainer, who had repeatedly fed her lit cigarettes. A pair of orangutans at the San Diego Zoo steal a crowbar and screwdriver and break-out of their enclosure. An orca at Sea World snatches his trainer into the pool and holds her underwater until she drowns. What's going on here? Are these mere accidents? Simply cases of animals acting on instinct? That's what the zoos and animal theme parks would have you believe. But historian Jason Hribal tells a different story. In the most provocative book on animal rights since Peter Singer's Animal Liberation, Hribal argues persuasively that these escapes and attacks are deliberate, that the animals are acting with intent, that they are asserting their own desires for freedom. Fear of the Animal Planet is a harrowing, and curiously uplifting, chronicle of resistance against the captivity and torture of animals.
Jason Hribal is an historian and educator. He is the contemporary editor of John Oswalds 1791 classic, The Cry of Nature.
Jeffrey St. Clair is co-editor of CounterPunch and author of Born Under a Bad Sky.
Animals hate captivity; they tell us all the time. We just aren't listening.
Until the lion has his historian, the African proverb goes, the hunter will always be a hero. Jason Hribal fulfills this promise and turns the world upside down. Taking the reader deep inside the circus, the zoo, and similar operations, he provides a window into the hidden struggle and resistance that occurs daily. Chimpanzees escape their cages. Elephants attack their trainers. Orcas demand more food. Tigers refuse to perform. Indeed, these animals are rebelling with intent and purpose. They become the true heroes, and our understanding of them will never be the same.
Jason Hribal is an independent historian and adult educator.
About the Author
Jason Hribal: Jason Hribal is an independent historian, who teaches in the field of adult education. He is the contemporary editor of John Oswalds 1791 classic, The Cry of Nature: An Appeal to Mercy and to Justice on Behalf of the Persecuted Animals (2000).
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