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

By Kendra Coulter

ISBN-10: 1137558806

ISBN-13: 9781137558800

Interweaving human-animal experiences, hard work theories and study, and feminist political financial system, Coulter develops a different research of the accomplishments, complexities, difficulties, and chances of multispecies and interspecies labor.

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The body work people perform on themselves makes it possible for them to work on/with horses. The humans, especially those given riding work, are required to be light but fit and strong (Miller 2013a). They need to be able to carry out physically demanding tasks including moving hay bales and water buckets, and cleaning stalls, but weigh the same or little more than jockeys (who generally must weight less than 120 lbs/55 kgs). Proper 32 ANIMALS, WORK, AND THE PROMISE OF INTERSPECIES SOLIDARITY grooming of horses involves a measure of body strength and flexibility, as well.

Sanders (2010, 248–9) highlights the emotional dimensions of the work as the most challenging for the veterinary technicians who were the focus of his study, and for himself as a researcher. ” In other words, personal pain results from both seeing animals in distress or at the end of their lives first-hand, and from seeing the effects this has on the people who love the animals. Veterinary workers are responsible for maintaining professionalism, while expressing concern for the people whose animals are suffering or being euthanized, regardless of their own emotions and feelings.

Eddie Sweat, groom to the decorated and accomplished racehorse Secretariat, died in poverty, a reflection of a few factors, including an industry in which most people toil for very little pay (Scanlan 2006). Jobs with animals that are materially more comfortable and secure are primarily in the public sector and are often unionized. This includes subsectors like policing and natural resource management, although there are a range of pay scales within this kind of work. Veterinarians, whether working in private practice or the public sector, are among the best paid animal workers, while veterinary technicians, who are required to successfully complete training and education programs, still earn only modestly more than the minimum wage in many countries.

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