Too cute to kill?
The conference postcard reflects one of the themes discussed: anthromorphism
Yesterday I attended the first day of an international workshop on this theme at the University of Surrey's new veterinary school. I talked once more about that mythical construct, the old rogue badger. There was one other paper on bovine TB by Jess Phoenix.
A lot of the papers were about perceptions of animals in children's literature. Samples of the literature were scattered around the conference space.
I think there is some interesting interdisciplinary work to be done in this area. The challenge is to link framings in literature with what is rather a fragmented and volatile public opinion on issues related to the well-being of animals, and then how this feeds into public policy.
Details of the workshop keep disappearing from the web, but you may find something here: Too cute to kill