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Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II


Trash Animals, a collection of essays by a wide range of environmental writers, examines relationships between humans and wildlife deemed filthy, feral, unwanted, problematic, invasive or worthless. These essays examine a growing trend of equating wildlife with trash. They question why birders call some birds “garbage” and why fisherman discard “trash” fish. As trash is a category that only exists in human culture, equating animals with trash reveals more about human expectations, fears, prejudices and frustrations with the natural world. Each essay presents a unique thesis about a species—sea ... More

Keywords: animals, trash, invasive species, wildlife management, animal ethics, urban wildlife

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816680542
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelsi Nagy, editor

Phillip David Johnson II, editor

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Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II

I. The Symbolic Trash Animal

1 See Gull

Gavan P. L. Watson

2 Hunger Makes the Wolf

Charles Bergman

3 Beauty and the Beast

Catherine Puckett

4 Managing Apocalypse

Christina Robertson

II. The Native Trash Animal

III. The Invasive Trash Animal

8 Canadas

Bernard Quetchenbach

IV. The Urban Trash Animal

12 Kach’i

James E. Bishop

13 Flying Rats

Andrew D. Blechman

V. Moving Beyond Trash

16 A Six-legged Guru

Jeffrey A. Lockwood