Anna Krien: Us and Them (Quarterly Essay 45)

The small and the equivocal

Alex O’Brien

 

Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals (Quarterly Essay 45)
by Anna Krien
Black Inc., $19.95 pb, 125 pp, 9781863955607

 

Whether the focus is on Japanese whaling or the slaughter of livestock in Indonesia, the Australian public has strong views on how animals should be treated abroad – less so when the problem is closer to home. Anna Krien’s Quarterly Essay is an incisive narrative account of our ‘nuanced and often contradictory relationship’ with animals: ranging from the live cattle trade to our use of primates in science, to our attempts to control native wildlife populations through cyclical breeding and culling.

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Alex O’Brien is a Melbourne reviewer.

Published in April 2012 no. 340

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