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Animals, Disease and Human Society: Human-animal Relations by Joanna Swabe

By Joanna Swabe

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 a very important function in human background.

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Human lives, however, not only became vulnerable in terms of incursion from outside human forces, the transition to agriculture also exposed them to, perhaps more potent, extra-human forces. The final section of this chapter will deal with the formidable threat to human societies that such non-human forces posed. Domestication, dependency and disease 33 The emergence and threat of infectious disease One of the most significant, though much overlooked, repercussions of animal domestication—and certainly the most relevant for this book—was the advent of infectious disease on an epidemic scale.

Pastoralism was a distinctly new way of life, but one that to a large extent preserved both the independence that hunting had previously offered and a social structure based on kinship. e. in grasslands of the European steppes and northern Arabia—an alternative mode of existence evolved; which, like agriculture, depended on the exploitation of domesticated animals. In this way, two distinct forms of human social life came to coexist in the Middle East. It is likely that there was a large degree of interaction between the early agriculturalists and pastoralists.

Cattle herding was an important preoccupation for the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Their dependence on cattle for muscle power, secondary produce and meat endowed these animals with an important status. Cattle signified wealth, power and fertility, and accordingly they were revered, anthropomorphised and transformed into the objects of worship. These animals are predominant in the pantheons of Sumerian and other early Mesopotamian peoples, such as the Chaldeans, Assyrians, Hittites and Akkadians.

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