Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Trash Animals – How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species - Minnesota Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.




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