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Seeing Cruelty, Demanding Abolition

Sue Coe (Author/Illustrator); Stephen F. Eisenman (Essay)

  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 128
  • Released: Oct 16, 2018
  • ISBN-13: 9781849352864

Published by AK Press


Boycott ZooFor a limited time! Sue Coe has graciously provided us with a limited edition of one hundred, signed and numbered, 10” x 13” original linocut prints of one of the stunning images from this new collection. The first 100 people who pre-order the book will get a free print, shipped in mid-October! We will update when they are gone—if you see this, there are still prints available!

(Unfortunately, because of packing and postage costs, this free print is only available with orders shipping inside the US. And no other discounts apply.)

“Coe has a message to deliver, and her visceral, graphic imagery doesn’t pull any punches. Coe’s righteous anger, not to mention her confident hand and riveting compositions, will hold your eye and haunt your mind.” —New Yorker 

In Zooicide, Sue Coe employs her bold artistic style to confront the institution of zoos. They are, she says, inherently cruel and the solution is not to reform them, but to abolish them. Coe’s visual journalism investigates the mental anguish inflicted upon animals—including cases where they have killed themselves to end their torture. Zoos often pay lip service to education, enrichment, and conservation, but their depravity is systemic and ubiquitous; it is built into the idea of animals as commodities. As long as they are property, animals will continue to be treated as things, with no rights, who can be caged, bred, abused, or killed for a profit and the public’s entertainment.

As a vital complement to Coe's images, and written specifically for them, Stephen F. Eisenman's essay, "The Capitalist Zoo," is a history of zoos written from the future—a future in which zoos as we know them no longer exist.

Sue Coe is a visual artist with a particular focus on the atrocities committed by people against animals. Coe is the author of many books, including Dead Meat, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone.

Stephen F. Eisenman is a professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. His William Blake and the Age of Aquarius was selected as one of the best art books of 2017 by the New York Times.

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