By Susan Nance

The concept that of 'modernity' is vital to many disciplines, yet what's modernity to animals? Susan Nance solutions this question via a thorough reinterpretation of the lifetime of Jumbo the elephant. within the Eighties, shoppers, the media, zoos, circuses and taxidermists, and (unknowingly) Jumbo himself, remodeled the elephant from an orphan of the worldwide ivory alternate and zoo captive right into a distracting foreign star. voters on continents imaged Jumbo as a sentient person and puppy, yet have been aghast while he died in an commercial coincidence and his continues to be have been absorbed by means of the taxidermic and animal rendering industries reserved for nameless animals. The case of Jumbo uncovered the 'human challenge' of recent dwelling, in which humans celebrated person animals to manage or distract themselves from the wholesale slaughter of animals required by means of glossy consumerism.

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That season, the unit took on Jumbo while already saddled with a large herd of elephants, who raced in the ring as a feature of the show. 12 The company’s difficulties were just beginning: Sunday, April 9th. Y. On Sunday morning, April 9th, the long expected, best advertised, new sensation, the Mastodon Elephant Jumbo, arrived from London on the steamship Assyrian Monarch. It was early in the morning when the steamer was moved to Pier 1, North River, but it took until twelve o’clock at night to get Jumbo on terra firma.

It began in London during the debate over his exportation, although people far afield from Britain experienced it at the same time by way of the global circulation of information that was so crucial to modern life. For instance, a correspondent to the New York Times made a walking tour of London on March 2, and recorded his observations in an article, “Stray London Town Talk,” which appeared on page one. Starting at the zoo, he found a crowd gathered at Jumbo’s enclosure where the elephant was restrained with heavy chains.

95 Burt, Animals in Film, 35–36; Ritvo, Animal Estate, 232. 96 Cornish, Wild Animals in Captivity, 278 97 Starr, Creation of the Media, 252; Stoneley “Sentimental Emasculations,” 53–72. 98 Murdock, Domesticating Drink, 114–32. 99 Kete, “Introduction: Animals and Empire,” 5–7. See for instance, “Jumbo’s Very Affecting Embarkation,” souvenir booklet, Newspaper Clippings: Jumbo, HAWP. 100 Mason, Civilized Creatures, 122–25; Spiegel, Dreaded Comparison, 33–38. 101 Bay, White Image in the Black Mind, 127–33.

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