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The Troubles (Animals in Irish Society, Episode 5)

This episode discusses the persistence of animality in Irish Republicanism in the late 19th century and the 20th-century protests under British occupation during the Troubles. While Britain applied animality to Irish rebels as a measure of control, the Irish would strategically adopt animality as an illustration of their oppression. The episode also discusses some mid-20th century vegan activists and their response to civil rights injustices of the era.

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Animals in Irish Society

The Great Famine (Animals in Irish Society, Episode 4)

Ireland has endured a number of colonialization attempts, including that of the Vikings, the Christians, and the Normans. However, British colonization in the 16th and 17th centuries was the most arresting and long lasting, dramatically manipulating property use, agricultural practices, and quality of life for humans and other animals alike. This episode explores the injection of industrialized “meat” and dairy production in the Irish colony and its implications for Irish wellbeing, culminating in the disastrous famines of the 1800s.

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Animals in Irish Society

Pandemic Purchasing: Keep Animals Out of Your Shopping Cart

Dogs and cats should not be conceived of as lockdown hobbies to be bought online like gardening supplies or musical instruments. They are living persons with interests of their own. Breeding can never be “responsible” so long as we disregard their agency. Nor can it be ethical while so many animals who are hidden from our view are destroyed every day to make way for the new season of designer puppies and kittens.

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