Communication in Defense of Nonhuman Animals during an Extinction and Climate Crisis

Edited by
November 2022
128 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5617-8 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5618-5 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Communication in Defense of Nonhuman Animals during an Extinction and Climate Crisis that was published in

Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

As modern science and critical scholarship are beginning to recognize nonhuman animals as fellow subjects and conscious, sentient beings with interests and deserving of respect, moral dilemmas abound as humanity acknowledges the threats our activities pose to human and nonhuman animal life, including the sixth mass extinction, anthropogenic climate change, and widespread exploitation. In this 2022 Special Issue of the Journalism and Media journal, communication professors Carrie Freeman and Núria Almiron curated scholarship assessing the impact this environmental havoc is having on nonhuman animals living in nature (including those free-roaming animals who coexist in our urban spaces) and the vital role that media and communication play in contributing to and remedying these crises. Seven scholars across the USA and Spain contributed chapters exploring how issues affecting “wildlife” (such as octopuses, sharks, coyotes, parakeets, and fishes) are constructed in media and political discourses or are perceived and acted upon by public media, and the authors provide prescriptions to problems facing animals in nature, offering constructive guidance to communicators (from activists to journalists to film-makers).

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white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias); shark–human conflict; predators/carnivores and perceived threat; fear; science; pseudoscience; Jaws; media representation; Tiger King; COVID-19 media; popular culture; zoos; quarantine; captive wildlife; creative/critical animal and media studies; rhetoric; environmental communication; eudaimonia; ethos; more-than-human; sensitized compassion; sixth mass extinction; Racing Extinction; Seaspiracy; manta rays; animal imagery; colonialism; fishing; shark fin trade; coyotes; discourse; neutralization techniques; killing contests; wildlife management; monk parakeet; Madrid; press representation; invasive species; conservationism; control methods; speciesism; framing analysis; text analysis; sentiment analysis; n/a