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Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies

A Historical Collection

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Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II and Amber E. George

Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection represents the very best that the internationally scholarly Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) has published in terms of articles that are written by public critical scholar-activists-organizers for public critical scholar-activists-organizers. This move toward publishing pieces about engaging social change, rather than high-theoretical detached analysis of nonhuman animals in society, is to regain focus for liberation at all costs. The essays in this collection focus on intersectionality scholarship within the realm of Critical Animal Studies, and discuss issues related to race, gender, disability, class, and queerness. Not only are these articles historically significant within the field of Critical Animal Studies, but they are integral to the overall social justice movement. Intersectionality of Critical Animal Studies: A Historical Collection should be read by anyone interested in the Critical Animal Studies field, as we consider them to be classic writings that should be respected as foundational texts. There are many interesting and innovative texts, but these are historical, not only because they were published in JCAS, but because they were among the first to publish on a particular intersectional issue.

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Chapter Seven: Doing Time in Slaughterhouses: A Green Criminological Commentary on Slaughterhouse Work Programs for Prison Inmates (Amy J. Fitzgerald)

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CHAPTER SEVEN

Doing Time in Slaughterhouses

A Green Criminological Commentary on Slaughterhouse Work Programs for Prison Inmates

AMY J. FITZGERALD

 

Stories of “hardened” inmates being rehabilitated as a result of their interactions with nonhuman animals while behind bars are increasingly recounted in academic and more popular outlets, such as a television show—Cell Dogs (Nonhuman animal Planet)—dedicated to chronicling these interspecies sojourns. Such narratives describe how inmates in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere are taking care of and training dogs, cats, and even horses, to make them more attractive to potential adopters and to provide them with the special skills necessary to be used in service (“service nonhuman animals”). These programs are lauded by academics, nonhuman animal advocates, and correctional staff for fostering empathy among inmates and providing them with vocational training, among other things (Britton & Button, 2005; Cushing & Williams, 1995; Furst, 2006, 2007; Harkrader, Burke, & Owen, 2004; Moneymaker & Strimple, 1991; Walsh & Mertin, 1994; Wells, 2009).

Nonhuman animals are implicated in the prison–industrial complex in another way—one less suitable for television audiences. In some industrialized nations, such as the United States and Canada, inmates are also at work slaughtering and processing nonhuman animals (see for instance, CORCAN, 2007; New Jersey Department of Corrections, 2009; Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 2009). This form of inmate labor has escaped close scrutiny, which is not surprising, given...

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