The small and the equivocal
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.