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Road Kill and the New Science of Human-Animal Relationships

By Harold Herzog

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The new science of human-animal interactions, anthrozoology, rests on a premise by the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. "Animals," he wrote, "are good to think with." His point was that we can learn a lot about human nature by studying how we think about and act toward other species. I was reminded of this recently when I read a Psychology Today blog by the ethologist Marc Bekoff. Marc expressed concern about the toll our driving habits take on other creatures. Every day, roughly a million dogs, cats, moose, garter snakes - you name it - fall victim to an automobile. Marc admonished PT readers to "slow down for wildlife, slow down for us all." I agree with Marc's advice, and his blog reminded me of a 2007 research report by Canadian wildlife biologists that nicely illustrates Levi-Strauss' "good to think with" principle.


Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2010
Pages 4
Publisher The Humane Society
Location of Publication Washington, D.C.
  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Automobile
  7. Health
  8. Human-animal relationships
  9. Physical environment
  10. roadkill
  11. Social Environments
  12. Traffic accidents
  13. Wild animals