Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity by Kendra Coulter

By Kendra Coulter

Interweaving human-animal reports, exertions theories and examine, and feminist political economic system, Coulter develops a special research of the accomplishments, complexities, difficulties, and probabilities of multispecies and interspecies labor.

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The Brooke 2014). In these contexts, work is often about subsistence, and poor people often raise animals for their milk, eggs, and/or meat, and/or use animals to help take products to a local or regional market. It is physically difficult and volatile work, but involves very small-scale activities. This was the norm in most parts of the world for many centuries before agriculture became increasingly industrialized (Schwartzman 2013). But even the early roots of ranching in countries like the United States and Canada were infused with differential power relations and both symbolic and material significance (Nibert 2013).

This includes thinking politically about individual and collective bodies at work, an angle that undoubtedly applies to animal work contexts. 30 ANIMALS, WORK, AND THE PROMISE OF INTERSPECIES SOLIDARITY (Human) Bodies of Animal Work Janet Miller’s (2013a) unpacking of the work done by stable staff with/for race horses offers valuable insights of specific and broad applicability for building a nuanced and multifaceted understanding of work with/for animals. Miller observed and interviewed 90 stable workers/grooms, people whose daily work revolves around race horses in Britain.

But, at the same time, whether a breeding animal is saved will vary and may depend on the species, because, in countries like Canada and the United States, female pigs (sows) are kept by the hundreds or thousands in gestation crates for most of their lives, able to lie down and stand up, but not turn around. A sick or injured sow among thousands may not be deemed worth treating or saving, and she will instead be put onto the slaughter truck. Among the animals DAILY WORK AND LABOR PROCESSES 47 unloaded at slaughterhouses, there are regularly sick, injured, and/ or pregnant individuals.

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