Us and Them. Anna Krien on the Importance of Animals

For the first time in history, humans sit unchallenged at the top of the food chain. As we encroach on the wild and a vast wave of extinctions gathers force, how has our relationship with animals changed? In her dazzling new Quarterly Essay (Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals), Anna Krien investigates the world we have made and the complexity of the choices we face. From pets to the live cattle trade, from apex predators to scientific experiments, Krien shows how we should – and do – treat our fellow creatures. Here she discusses her essay with Nick Feik. March 2012

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