By Joanna Swabe
Joanna Swabe's well timed paintings appears to be like at human-animal kin from antiquity to BSE and cloning, contending that veterinary wisdom and perform has performed an important position in human heritage.
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Joanna Swabe's well timed paintings appears at human-animal family from antiquity to BSE and cloning, contending that veterinary wisdom and perform has performed an important position in human historical past.
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By analogy, the pharaoh ruled over his human herd with bovine vigour. The ancient Egyptians perceived the bull’s horns and penis as the source of the animal’s great power. 1 Further to their spiritual significance, an interesting theory has been forwarded which postulates that the accumulation of cattle wealth was a critical factor in the formation of the dynastic Egyptian state. Lobban (1989) has suggested that cattle provided the capital that permitted the accumulation of wealth, social differentiation and urbanisation in ancient Egypt, not to mention the financing of monumental construction.
In the long run, the human manipulation of plants and animals meant that there were larger numbers of fewer species in areas where human settlements were located. This, in turn, created a happy hunting ground for disease-producing parasites, which took great advantage of the new ecological niches created by people. The increasing densities of human populations offered a new food supply to disease organisms. Furthermore, the livestock kept by human communities and the wild scavengers that settlements attracted acted as ideal reservoirs for the microorganisms that would go on to blight human populations (McNeill 1976:35–56).
3 Like humans, a species must be social in nature and its behavioural structure should be based on a dominance hierarchy, which will allow it to accept humans as a leader. 4 A species should be able to breed readily and freely within the restricted territory which humans have determined for them. 5 The species must be easy to tend, control and maintain. Domestication, dependency and disease 27 The independence, large inter-individual distance, strong sense of territory and substantial feeding range of antelopes makes them a particularly difficult species to herd.
Animals, Disease and Human Society: Human-animal Relations and the Rise of Veterinary Medicine by Joanna Swabe