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An American Trilogy: Death, Slavery, and Dominion on the Banks of the Cape Fear River

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Publisher Comments:

The Cape Fear River runs through Bladen County, North Carolina, population 33,000. On its western bank, in the town of Tar Heel, sits the largest slaughterhouse in the world. Deep below the slaughterhouse, one may find the arrowheads of Siouan-speaking peoples who roamed there for a millennium. Nearer the surface is evidence of slaves who labored there for a century. And now, the slaughterhouse kills the population of Bladen County, in hogs, every day.

In this remarkable account, Wise traces the history of todays deadly harvest. From the colonies to the slave trade, from the artificial conception and unrecorded death of one single pig to the surreal science of the pork industry—whose workers continue the centuries of oppression—he unveils a portrait of this nation through the lives of its most vulnerable. His explorations ultimately lead to hope from a most unlikely source: the Baptist clergy, a voice in this wilderness proclaiming a new view of creation.

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"Industrial hog farming joins slavery and massacres of Native Americans on the list of Christianity's sins in this muddled manifesto. Animal-rights litigator Wise (Rattling the Cage) investigates the titular North Carolina riverbank, where Smithfield Foods' pig slaughterhouse now occupies land once worked by slaves and, earlier, inhabited by Indians before Europeans evicted them. The point of his ham-fisted and somewhat offensive comparison is that, in contrast to the Indians' fauna-friendly religion, Christian teachings license a cruel 'dominion' over animals, just as they once justified slavery and violence against indigenous peoples. Wise's disorganized expos of the pork industry lumps genuine outrages together with banalities; he seethes when pork scientists treat pigs as statistics rather than as individuals and frowns on paintings of pigs at the World Pork Expo. Worse, his thesis that religious beliefs drive the mistreatment of animals is overstated — it was spiritual malaise more than economic interests, he speculates, that caused Native Americans to start overhunting deer for colonial deerskin export markets. Readers who root around a bit will find more cogent discussions of animal-rights issues elsewhere." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

President of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights, Wise has taught law at several US colleges, has written several books, and has practiced animal rights law since 1982. Here he delves into the history of a particular piece of land in Bladen County, North Carolina. He went to investigate reports of cruelty to pigs at a slaughterhouse and related factory hog farms, and discovered that they were located on what had been the fields of a plantation worked by black slaves. Before that, he found, Natives Americans lived there, admiring and respecting animals for centuries. He looks at how the genocide and the slavery were eventually stopped by religious activists, and discusses how the same religious values are working to stop the torture and slaughter today. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Steven M. Wise, author of the acclaimed Though the Heavens May Fall, connects the near extinction of native peoples, slavery, and todays unfeeling slaughter of animals.

Synopsis:

Steven M. Wise, author of the acclaimed Though the Heavens May Fall, connects the near extinction of native peoples, slavery, and todays unfeeling slaughter of animals.

About the Author

Steven M. Wise, Esq., has taught at the Harvard, Vermont, and John Marshall law schools and has practiced animal protection litigation since 1982. He is the author of Rattling the Cage, Drawing the Line, and Though the Heavens May Fall. He lives in Coral Springs, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306814754
Author:
Wise, Steven M.
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
General
Subject:
Animal Rights
Subject:
History
Subject:
Swine - North Carolina -
Subject:
Slaughtering and slaughter-houses
Subject:
Outdoors-Conservation and Animal Rights
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Industrial hog farming joins slavery and massacres of Native Americans on the list of Christianity's sins in this muddled manifesto. Animal-rights litigator Wise (Rattling the Cage) investigates the titular North Carolina riverbank, where Smithfield Foods' pig slaughterhouse now occupies land once worked by slaves and, earlier, inhabited by Indians before Europeans evicted them. The point of his ham-fisted and somewhat offensive comparison is that, in contrast to the Indians' fauna-friendly religion, Christian teachings license a cruel 'dominion' over animals, just as they once justified slavery and violence against indigenous peoples. Wise's disorganized expos of the pork industry lumps genuine outrages together with banalities; he seethes when pork scientists treat pigs as statistics rather than as individuals and frowns on paintings of pigs at the World Pork Expo. Worse, his thesis that religious beliefs drive the mistreatment of animals is overstated — it was spiritual malaise more than economic interests, he speculates, that caused Native Americans to start overhunting deer for colonial deerskin export markets. Readers who root around a bit will find more cogent discussions of animal-rights issues elsewhere." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Steven M. Wise, author of the acclaimed Though the Heavens May Fall, connects the near extinction of native peoples, slavery, and todays unfeeling slaughter of animals.
"Synopsis" by ,
Steven M. Wise, author of the acclaimed Though the Heavens May Fall, connects the near extinction of native peoples, slavery, and todays unfeeling slaughter of animals.

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