Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance (Counterpunch)


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Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience "Jason Hribal's Fear of the Animal Planet does a great service in chronicling the resistance of nonhuman animals against the multiplicity of human institutions of exploitation and oppression.

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It is a timely and vitally important book that promises to dramatically reshape debates in science, law, philosophy, and the burgeoning -- but largely sterile -- field of animal studies. One radical upshot of the book is to extend the notion of agency to nonhuman animals and to show many of them -- such as elephants, tigers, and orcas -- to be political in their revolt against human oppression.

Moreover, humanists and leftists of all stripes, cannot, without embarrassment, persist in reducing nonhuman animals to the status of objects while restricting the discourse of intentionality, rebellion, autonomy, and liberation to human actors only. In addition, "animal advocates" will have to check their own historical biases and speciesist distortions upon learning that moral progress and the animal ethics paradigm shift was not brought about solely through their own campaigns.

Progressive change is also driven by nonhuman animals themselves in their revolt against their captors and in the evolving awareness in human society their resistance precipitates. Unfortunately, as fascinating and chronic as their self-liberation struggles have been throughout the world -- in zoos, circuses, and other exploitative institutions -- their defiance to human supremacism cannot amount to a revolution without the organized radical politics of enlightened and militant sectors of humanity.

The fate of nonhuman animal species continues to hang on whether or not humans can overcome the violent proclivities of their own animality and dismantle the omnicidal machines of global capitalism. This book, however, takes us far in the right direction toward grasping the complexity of nonhuman animals' emotions, minds, and social life such that we can recognize them as political agents and shapers of history in their own right.

Beatened, whiped and shot! Jason Hribal exposes the perverted species we really are. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is but a dream. Especially for our fellow beings. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. Add both to Cart Add both to List. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Buy the selected items together This item: Fear of the Animal Planet: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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Jack London, Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein and thousands of other writers, theologians, and philosophers often commented vigorously about our poor treatment of non-human animals. That the animals have failed to mobilize on their own behalf is what have kept humans from being murdered in their sleep, or wakeful state. Of course, given the daily cruelty humans willfully dole out to billions of animals each and every day, it is a wonder people have avoided a mass execution by the suffering beasts.

It is into this arena that Jason Hribal ventures: Everyone loves an underdog, and you will find yourself cheering for the animals in this trenchant tale of sweet revenge. One person found this helpful. All the hype falls away once you read this book.

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Zoos are killing animals more than preserving them. Dolphins hate their trainers and try to kill them. Orangutans are brilliant in their efforts to escape an imprisonment they didn't deserve. Chimps and circus elephants are abused. Yet the horror you feel at the way these intelligent animals are treated is offset by awe at their amazing escapes and the way they do manage to get their revenge against those who have tormented them. After reading this book I never want to go to a zoo, circus, or dolphin show again.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There is a theory held by some that much of the animal kingdom is pissed off at humans for their high handed trashing of the natural environment and their spitefully playful cruel mistreatment of their fellow beasts. The book tells stories about elephants, apes and monkeys, and the sea critters like seals, dolphins, and orcas. No dogs, cats, or other animals are talked about. This is a fantastic little book for anyone who is serious about animal liberation. Jason Hribal covers numerous cases where animals have escaped from zoos, circuses, and even laboratories.

These escapes happen far more frequently than the people in charge of these prisons admit. In many cases, the animals outwit their human captors. For example, monkeys are particularly adept as picking not only simple locks but complex ones. Yet the horror you feel at the way these intelligent animals are treated is offset by awe at their amazing escapes and the way they do manage to get their revenge against those who have tormented them. After reading this book I never want to go to a zoo, circus, or dolphin show again.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There is a theory held by some that much of the animal kingdom is pissed off at humans for their high handed trashing of the natural environment and their spitefully playful cruel mistreatment of their fellow beasts.

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Buy the selected items together This item: An orca at Sea World snatches his trainer into the pool and holds her underwater until she drowns. Even to someone actively trying to rid herself of speciesism, it's still amazing on one level to read how captive animals can, and will, do this. This book is simply the logic of his intellectual trajectory. Seized in horrendous attacks on their pods or born in captivity, they're paid in fish when they do well, never get to retire, and earn billions for the companies that own them. Salvaging the Real Florida.

The book tells stories about elephants, apes and monkeys, and the sea critters like seals, dolphins, and orcas. No dogs, cats, or other animals are talked about. This is a fantastic little book for anyone who is serious about animal liberation. Jason Hribal covers numerous cases where animals have escaped from zoos, circuses, and even laboratories. These escapes happen far more frequently than the people in charge of these prisons admit.

In many cases, the animals outwit their human captors. For example, monkeys are particularly adept as picking not only simple locks but complex ones. This book is hard to put down; I read it in almost one sitting. While his ideas are sound and the message he is delivering is an important one the fact of the matter is this is written quite poorly.

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The number of grammatical mistakes were astounding and his story telling seems like it was written by a child. Read this book for the moral of the story that animal captivity is wrong but don't expect to actually read something that was written by a legitimate author. I'm one of those people who has agreed with Hribal's opinions on animal revolt long before this book came out.

So, perhaps I am a bit partial. But, this is the first work of nonfiction in a while that I have been excited to pick up. It's well written, flows really well, and the material inside it is fascinating. It's sure to excite and educate even the most well read on animal liberation issues and is sure to make anyone pro-animal lib or not think very hard about their own perceptions of other animals. I definitely recommend that everyone read it and I think it can be interesting and exciting for people of all interests and backgrounds- not just animal liberationists or anti-authoritarians.

My main criticism is that I wish it was longer. It's only about short pages and it feels a little unfinished. There were also some typos as others have said, but I'm of the radical belief that if we understand each other, there isn't much need to focus on grammatical or spelling errors and also it is often a way for people to try to criticize something they have no other way to criticize. It's a great first run for this author and I am sure future printings will be cleaned up. I hope Hribal will write more books on this and other related topics.

I really wish this book had better writing and editing but the content is really important. These stories of resistance need to be told. See all 20 reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

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