Expanding the Critical Animal Studies Imagination

Essays in Solidarity and Total Liberation

by Nathan Poirier (Volume editor) Sarah Tomasello (Volume editor) Amber E. George (Volume editor)
©2024 Textbook XVI, 218 Pages


Expanding the Critical Animal Studies Imagination: Essays in Solidarity and Total Liberation pushes critical animal studies forward and outward by making new connections to movements and ideas that have been little engaged with in publication to the present. This book challenges critical animal studies adherents to expand their efforts of solidarity, mutual aid, and activism. Contributors to this volume extend invitations to those not familiar with critical animal studies to welcome them in with gestures of solidarity towards total liberation. Expanding the Critical Animal Studies Imagination does not shy away from controversial topics but critically engages with them using care and tact. This is not controversy for the sake of being provocative, but not being afraid to target root causes of oppression. This book works toward coalition building to resist the current violence and build peaceful communities.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Foreword
  • Introduction: Imagining with Abandon
  • Part I. New Movement Connections: Trans Liberation and Human Population
  • 1 Connecting Transgender Studies and Critical Animal Studies
  • 2 Anthropogenic Monsters: A CAS and Liberating Perspective on the Contemporary Production of Human and Nonhuman Monsters
  • 3 Animal Liberation through Procreative Justice
  • 4 Antinatalism, Veganism, and the Imperative of a Total Liberationist Perspective
  • 5 Procreation and Aviation: The Elephants in the Vegan Room
  • Part II. New Convergences and Extensions
  • 6 Infrastructural Approach to Urban Street Animals of Istanbul: Contestation, Violence, Affectivity, and Spatial Visibility in Metropolis
  • 7 Ida B. Wells’ Historical and Contemporary Legacy, and Relevance to Critical Animal Studies
  • 8 Listening to and Learning with African Anarchism, Black Anarchism, and Anarcho-Blackness
  • 9 Vegan Mutual Aid: Anarchist Solidarity in Times of Crisis
  • 10 Create Meat Though the World May Perish: A Vegan Critique of In Vitro Meat and Clean Milk
  • 11 The Others Called ‘Humans’ Amidst the Many: Anthroponomy and the Planetary Problem
  • 12 Post-Scarcity Veganarchism
  • Afterword
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index
  • Series Index


We the editors (Nathan Poirier, Sarah Tomasello, and Amber E. George) of this book would like to thank first the contributors within this book – Charlotte Anne, Cam Whitley, Agnese Martini, Francesca Corradini, Matteo Porazzi, Nandita Bajaj, Kirsten Stade, John Tallent, Elisabeth Demitras, Ezgi Karaoğlu, Zane McNeill, Simon Springer, Will Boisseau, Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, and Seven Mattes. We would also like to thank those that wrote reviews for the book – Marquis Bey, David Naguib Pellow, Margaret Robinson, Federica Timeto, Amanda Williams, Richard Giles, Ruth Kinna, Eileen Crist, Sarat Colling, and Richard White. This book would not be possible if not for the organizations and academic departments that support our scholarship and activism such as Save the Kids, Academy for Peace Education, Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Green Theory and Praxis Journal, Transformative Justice Journal, Department of Criminal Justice at Salt Lake Community College, Peace Studies Journal, Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Academy for Critical Animal Studies, Critical Animal Studies Society, Lowrider Studies Journal, Punk Studies Journal, and Journal of Hip Hop Studies.

As the idea for this book originally arose between Nate and Sarah, we have some personal acknowledgements. Nate would like to thank my partner, Erin, who has played an indispensable role in my life. You have helped, in more ways than one, to create time and space for me to work on projects like this book. I thank my parents who encouraged my individuality without judgment since childhood. This is a privilege not everyone enjoys. Last but not least, to Marquis Bey: You have helped to majorly shift my intellectual and personal orientations for the better - you are my Fred Moten. Sarah is forever thankful for the support of my husband, Andrew, who is always available to listen and help me work through my ideas. His encouragement means the world to me. I’d also like to thank my two spunky cats, Nunu and Sprinks, for their love and companionship. They bring much joy into my life each day.


Charlotte Anne

Hello dear reader, a warm welcome to a book intent on not only fueling your fires but sparking your imaginations beyond what we have come to expect. firstly, let me introduce myself. i’m a long-term revolutionary intersectional vegan. the “revolutionary” and “intersectional” parts ought to be superfluous but very much require emphasis contemporarily considering capitalism’s recuperation of, and therefore depoliticization, of veganism. i’ve been invested in various liberation struggles in my life which brought me to the attention of and into affinity with some of the contributors and organizers of these liberatory texts, and me to them. so, it is through what we might call comradeship, friendship, mutual respect and common ground that i was asked to prepare this foreword. i’m a white trans anti-binary feminist veganarchist race traitor living in Athens, greece. probably not the type of person regularly approached to script openings to academic works. and, as you’ll hopefully see, that’s partly the point.

The entries in this book work as individual but also as mosaic provocations amidst the stagnant and uninspired background of university education level engagement with animal lives. indeed, this is the aspiration of critical animal studies (CAS). Critical animal studies, as exemplified in the efforts contained in the following pages, is an intentional intervention into insincere and ineffective analysis, a captivating aberration, a molotov cocktail of seeds, water and nutrients for potentials otherwise effectively locked in the closets of public and campus libraries. what you hold in your hands isn’t supposed to create the enthusiasm of an over-tested and fatigued student looking for the answers expected of them. this book wants you to care as much as the writers care. they want you to think on it. to talk about it. and to act on it. this book emphasizes the inescapable necessity of attending to our collective needs which include our collective desires.

Considering this, it should be no surprise then that arguments laid out and subjects interrogated herein could easily be described as controversial. nevertheless, the tact, sensitivity and clarity of thought makes the ideas and proposals highly persuasive. nonhuman animals need books and co-conspirators like these. too long have human supremacist logics, forged largely in the heads of colonizing white men, sowed such deep doubts about animal liberation that scarcely a human voice is entertained that refuses to abandon some “groups” in the naive hope of protecting another. CAS is a spectacular thorn in the side of this dismal state of affairs, threatening to poison those in proximity, instilling in them an infectious drive for total liberation. the world is replete with impotent passages waxing lyrical about things that the reader senses the writer is palpably not genuinely committed to. these chapters feature people who are profoundly moved by and for total liberation and intend to cultivate in you richer understandings and capacities.

It would please them, as well as me, for you to not merely enjoy and appreciate their efforts, but for their efforts to be propellants firing you into your own total liberation efforts. treat this book with the excitement it deserves. it’s neither an ornament nor sacred text, but to be swept up by. this is to be passed between lovers or gifted to likeminded strangers. so have fun, reader, because there’s room left in this world for that too.

kisses to your whiskers x

Introduction: Imagining with Abandon

Nathan Poirier, Sarah Tomasello, and Amber E. George

The Emerging Context

[…] a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give. When the white man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great risk of biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life.

—Ida Wells (2016, p. 80)

[I]n 1906 I rushed back from Alabama to Atlanta where my wife and six-year old child were living. A mob had raged for days killing Negroes. I bought a Winchester double-barreled shotgun and two dozen rounds of shells filled with buckshot. If a white mob had stepped on the campus where I lived I would without hesitation have sprayed their guts over the grass.

—W.E.B. Du Bois (1968, p. 286)

I keep a shotgun in every corner of my bedroom and the first cracker even look like he wants to throw some dynamite on the porch won’t write his mama again.

—Fannie Lou Hamer (quoted in Cobb Jr., 2015, p. 124)

My only comment or recommendation for New Years is for people in Hawai’i to think about spending their annual New Years fireworks budget on actual arms and stockpiles in prep for the unknown. Thousands of dollars can buy a nice little collection and some paramilitary training.

—Lea Lani Kinikini, Facebook post, January 2, 2023

The stranglehold of oppression cannot be loosened by a plea to the oppressor’s conscience. Social change in something as fundamental as racist oppression involves violence … because it’s a struggle for survival for one and a struggle for liberation for the other. Always the powers in command are ruthless and unmerciful in defending their position and their privileges. This is not an abstract rule to be meditated upon by Americans.

—Robert F. Williams (2013, p. 72).


XVI, 218
ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2023 (December)
Essays in Solidarity and Total Liberation Nathan Poirier Critical Theory Critical Animal Studies Social Problems Ecology Environmental Studies Social Science Anarchism Animal Liberation Veganism Overpopulation Trans Studies Black Studies Expanding the Critical Animal Studies Imagination Sarah Tomasello Amber E. George
New York, Berlin, Bruxelles, Chennai, Lausanne, Oxford, 2024. XVI, 218 pp.

Biographical notes

Nathan Poirier (Volume editor) Sarah Tomasello (Volume editor) Amber E. George (Volume editor)

Nathan Poirier is a professional tutor at Lansing Community College, has a graduate specialization in women’s and gender studies, master’s degrees in anthrozoology and mathematics, and is co-editor of Emerging New Voices in Critical Animal Studies: Vegan Studies for Total Liberation. Sarah Tomasello received her B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies and an M.S. in Anthrozoology from Canisius College. She has published in Green Theory and Praxis, and book chapters in Gender and Sexuality in Critical Animal Studies and Emerging New Voices in Critical Animal Studies. Amber E. George, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Galen College. Dr. George is a board member for Critical Animal Studies and editor of Journal for Critical Animal Studies. Dr. George has co-edited numerous books on critical animal studies.


Title: Expanding the Critical Animal Studies Imagination