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Animals and warfare is the 1st number of essays to review its subject. utilizing sociology, historical past, anthropology, and cultural reports, it analyzes a variety of phenomena and exposes the usually paradoxical contours of human-animal relationships.

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As essays in this book explore, dogs, horses and dolphins can be weaponized or “commissioned” as agents of war similar to bees. Bees are unique though in that they can also be preyed upon, and their vulnerability places us in jeopardy. Infecting dogs, destroying horses, or killing dolphins would certainly affect a nations’ cultural and ecological wellbeing, but would not endanger a government’s ability to feed and sustain its population. Notwithstanding, there are other notable and distinctive ways in which our relationship toward (and with) bees differs from other species during wartime.

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. 26 Ryan Hediger Bees, Border and Bombs SECTION one ANIMALS IN WAR 27 28 Lisa Jean Moore & Mary Kosut Bees, Border and Bombs 29 Bees, Border and Bombs: A Social Account of Theorizing and Weaponizing Bees1 Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut What’s the Buzz? Bees, domesticated insects, are an integral species for human survival—33% of everything that reaches an American dinner table is due to the bee’s labor (Ellis 2006). Predating humans, bee fossils have been identified from the Cretaceous age establishing that bees were specialized as pollination agents.

There are myriad examples of humans devising ways to catapult or lob hives at adversaries. Bees were more than props within ancient theaters of war. Indeed, they functioned as insect actors in the sense that they instilled enemies with fear and they performed a duty, albeit not of their own making. We are deeply interested in the ways bees have become a screen, in many cultural contexts, to project human agendas. It seems to us that bees are not willfully engaged in many of the biopolitical projects that humans determine are necessary for human domination.

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