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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.
Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Health
  7. Human-animal relationships
  8. Physical environment
  9. roadkill
  10. Social Environments
  11. Traffic accidents
  12. Wild animals