The Invisible Suffering of Farm Animals in Traffic Accidents: As Sentient Beings They Are Low Ranked in Life as Well as in Death

Inger Anneberg*, Eimear Theresa Mc Loughlin

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Abstract

Farm animals killed in traffic accidents during transport are seldom described as individuals. Often the focus is on the traffic problems caused by accidents, rather than on the animals themselves. Further still, central to the way that these accidents are reported is that very few if any emotions or details are conveyed in the language used in relation to the condition of the farm animals. In this contribution, we discuss why facts dominate and suffering is sidelined when accidents are reported by the media, We suggest that this is in line with how humans reflect an inner scale placing farm animals lower than companion animals and in line with a long history of distancing ourselves from animal death.
Original languageEnglish
Article number902119
JournalFrontiers in Animal Science
Volume3
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • commodification
  • emotions
  • livestock transport
  • human-animal relations
  • media analysis

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