Animal Metropolis

Animal Metropolis brings a Canadian perspective to the growing field of animal history, ranging across species and cities, from the beavers who engineered Stanley Park to the carthorses who shaped the city of Montreal. Some essays consider animals as spectacle: orca captivity in Vancouver, polar bear tourism in Churchill, Manitoba, fish on display in the Dominion Fisheries Museum, and the racialized memory of Jumbo the elephant in St. Thomas, Ontario. Others examine the bodily intimacies of shared urban spaces: the regulation of rabid dogs in Banff, the maternal politics of pure milk in Hamilton and the circulation of tetanus bacilli from horse to human in Toronto. Another considers the marginalization of women in Canada’s animal welfare movement. The authors collectively push forward from a historiography that features nonhuman animals as objects within human-centered inquiries to a historiography that considers the eclectic contacts, exchanges, and cohabitation of human and nonhuman animals.

With contributions by: Kristoffer Archibald, Jason Colby, George Colpitts, Joanna Dean, Carla Hustak, Darcy Ingram, Sean Kheraj, William Knight, Sherry Olson, Rachel Poliquin, and Christabelle Sethna

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Half title page 2
Series page 3
Full title page 4
Copyright page 5
Table of Contents 6
Illustrations 8
Tables 13
Acknowledgments 14
Introduction: Canamalia Urbanis 16
1: The Memory of an Elephant: Savagery, Civilization, and Spectacle 44
2: The Urban Horse and the Shaping of Montreal, 1840–1914 72
3: Wild Things: Taming Canada’s Animal Welfare Movement 102
4: Fish out of Water: Fish Exhibition in Late Nineteenth-Century Canada 130
5: The Beavers of Stanley Park 154
6: Species at Risk: C. Tetani, the Horse,and the Human 170
7: Got Milk? Dirty Cows, Unfit Mothers, and Infant Mortality, 1880–1940 204
8: Howl: The 1952–56 Rabies Crisis andthe Creation of the Urban Wild at Banff 234
9: Arctic Capital: Managing Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba 270
10: Cetaceans in the City: Orca Captivity, Animal Rights, and Environmental Values in Vancouver 300
Epilogue: Why Animals Matter in Urban History, or Why Cities Matterin Animal History 324
Contributors 340
Index 344
Back cover 360