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Chapter Reflections 4

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Chapter 4 This chapter’s primary concern is the history of and future of animal abuse. This chapter was particularly disturbing, with some of the images Acione conjures up (and actually has William Hogarth’s artistic interpretation of animal and interpersonal violence which I could barely look at because of how disturbing the images are). Ascione writes of different authors who clearly identify their antagonists as horrible creatures that abuse small and helpless animals for pleasure. One author, C.S. Lewis of Chronicles of Narnia fame, he quotes as writing, “’…. Weston… was standing about thirty feet away, and as Ransom watched he was tearing a frog – quite and almost surgically… ripping it open…’ (Lewis 1962, pp. 108-110)” (Ascione 2004, pp. 44). Obviously, authors of imaginative fiction recognize the fact that torturing and maiming of animals is an indicator of things to come, namely interpersonal violence. But as Ascione points out, “There are still limitations on how widespread this interest is.” (Ascione 2004, pp. 44). What I want to know is why an author of fantasy fiction can recognize the signs of this but science has yet to take bigger steps in finding out what causes this and fixing it.
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