By Kendra Coulter
Interweaving human-animal experiences, hard work theories and examine, and feminist political economic system, Coulter develops a special research of the accomplishments, complexities, difficulties, and chances of multispecies and interspecies labor.
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A focus on precision and accuracy is another strategy used by workers (Birke, Arluke, and Michael 2007; DeMello 2010). People work to ensure that the fatal needle is administered as correctly as possible to minimize the animals’ pain and stress, for example, and emphasize the need to fully follow proper procedure 40 ANIMALS, WORK, AND THE PROMISE OF INTERSPECIES SOLIDARITY in all instances. The overall alleviation of pain is another dimension people self-emphasize, purposefully focusing on the fact that the animal was suffering.
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. What happens will depend on the farm, the worker, and the animal, particularly the animal’s role in the larger operation. For example, sustaining the life of a cow deemed a successful breeder may be a higher priority than that of an older or younger animal intended to be killed and consumed promptly anyway.
Miller (2013a) notes that caring for horses is integral to stable labor, for example. The larger structure of racing makes certain interactive patterns possible while preventing others, but barn cultures and individual workers also shape local and interpersonal particulars. Basic essentials include ensuring that horses have adequate food and water, clean conditions, and healthy bodies in order to be able to race. The promotion of good health requires knowledge of what is normal for the animals overall and for individual horses.
Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity by Kendra Coulter