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Animals and War: Confronting the Military-Animal Industrial Complex

Published Date: December 31, 2013

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Animals and War: Confronting the Military-Animal Industrial Complex
Co-edited by Anthony J. Nocella II, Colin Salter, and Judy K. C. Bentley


Animals and War: Confronting the Military-Animal Industrial Complex is the first book to examine how nonhuman animals are used for war by military forces. Each chapter delves deeply into modes of nonhuman animal exploitation: as weapons, test subjects, and transportation, and as casualties of war leading to homelessness, starvation, and death. With leading scholar-activists writing each chapter, this is an important text in the fields of peace studies and critical animal studies. This is a must read for anyone interested in ending war and fostering peace and justice.


One day, thanks in part to books like these, we will stop saying, “Let’s respect each other, for we are all human beings” and say, “Let’s respect each other, for we are all living beings. Peace begins at breakfast with what’s on our plates.”

– Ingrid Newkirk, author of “Free the Animals”

In this breakthrough volume, leading animal rights activists and peace anti-war activists shed a crucial light on the important connection between critical animal studies and peace studies. The leading scholar-activists in this volume are at the cutting edge of the struggle to resist the exploitation of nonhuman animals in the military. All social justice educators and activists would do well to read this book!

– Dr. Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles

Animals and War is a wonderfully original contribution to the world of activism, social justice, and peace studies. An enlightening read for everyone!

– Dr. Jason Del Gandio, author of Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists

“Animals and War: Confronting the Military-Animal Industrial Complex” is a seminal book for those who oppose war, those who fight for animal liberation, and those who do both. This essay collection powerfully exposes the use of animals as unwitting instruments and casualties of the battles that humans continue to wage against each other.If ever a text could move the animal liberation movement beyond its unjust categorization as “single issue,” this is it. Animals and War demands that all give attention to the ways in which manifestations of abuse, exploitation and domination are interwoven during war time, and it serves as a much needed rallying cry to put a cog in the machine that is the military-animal industrial complex.

– Dr. Kim Socha, author of Women,Destruction and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation

In a world that has seemed to value things over life/ people, this book brings to the public s notice the often unheard voice of animals; animals who are treated in inhumane ways just to continue the war machine. This book gives us a much needed insight into an area of study rarely gone. Animals And Wars is the premier reader for animal studies and violence.

– Dr. Daniel White Hodge, Director of Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Assistant Professor of Youth & Popular Culture, North Park University

Animals and War takes us beyond critical theory’s usual concerns about war, amplifying our understanding–and our concerns–about human suffering to appreciate the impact on other animals of this most human, most destructive of practices.

– Dr. Toby Miller, author of Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention

Given the awful destructiveness of war, it is all too easy to think that its horrors are limited to its effect on human beings. This book makes the much-needed point that animals, too, have been both “instruments” of war and its victims, a trend that threatens to continue, even in our highly technological age. An important contribution to a previously neglected arena.

– Dr. David P. Barash, editor of the book “Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies”

Discarding the anthropocentrism inherent to conventional antimilitarist analyses, Animals and War exposes the very bedrock upon which the reality of contemporary militarism has been constructed. As the contributors amply demonstrate, the lives of “lesser” species have been so utterly devalued in the name of tactical utility that, inevitably, the same degree of devaluation would be applied not only to “lesser” races, nations, and peoples, but ultimately to all forms of life. For anyone wishing to understand the thanatophoric nature of the societal dynamic we now confront, the connections made in this book are of profound importance.

– Ward Churchill, author of “A Little Matter of Genocide”

Animals and War is an eye-opening exploration of the profoundly destructive consequences of human chauvinism on nonhuman populations, and indeed the entire planet. This book is extraordinary in its theoretical depth and breadth, and in its engagement with the material reality of systematized death dealing and suffering, and yet it manages to inspire both hope and action.

– Dr. David Naguib Pellow, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

As if war weren’t already evil enough in terms of human suffering, this collection documents what’s hidden in plain view: the wholesale and horrifying forced conscription and torture of animals by the military-industrial complex.

– Chris Hannah, Propagandhi

Excellent! The central arguments in Animals and War burn brightly, and illuminate a truth that will stay with you long after you have finished reading this challenging, timely and valuable addition to the literature.

– Dr. Richard J White, Editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies

A great read! Animals and War is an original contribution that documents how in horrific ways in war and in peace we humans dominate, exploit and horribly abuse all other species.

– Dr. Piers Beirne, author of “Confronting Animal Abuse” and other books on law and criminology

Congratulations to the writers and editors of Confronting the Military-Animal Industrial Complex for exposing and crticising this most appalling form of exploitation of other animals by the human species.

– Ronnie Lee, veteran animal liberation campaigner

“Animals and War” offers a holistic and in depth analysis of the important social and military contributions nonhuman animals play, a contribution all too frequently born in blood and exploitation. This book represents the best of the emerging literature and facilitates new strides in critical animal studies and peace studies.

– Dr. Jason J. Campbell, Founder and Director, Institute for Genocide Awareness and Applied Research


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