Killing Animals

Killing Animals, co-authored collection by The Animal Studies Group (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006).  ISBN 978-0-252-03050-5.

“An unsettling, often profound, and ultimately riveting multidisciplinary exploration of why and how we kill animals.  Each of the collaborators in this effort has brought a distinct set of tools and perspectives to an examination of what is arguably our most important interaction with animals.”
– Nigel Rothfels, author of Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo

“Steve Baker … poses another basic question.  What does art really have to say about the killing of animals? He acknowledges that no satisfactory answer is available, but nevertheless offers a thoughtful account of the difficulties presented by the search for one.  He is particularly sensitive to the morally problematic features of art that takes the suffering of animals as its grotesque subject … Differential reception is a significant issue in all the essays in this volume … it is especially important with regard to the politically charged and often intentionally offensive artwork that Baker analyses, and he handles it with deft awareness.”
– Hariet Ritvo, Environmental History