With the vast history of human use or some refer to this as “humane” treatment to animal species could have emerged or advanced for many reasons, one being the increasing cultural acceptance we have now for animals. Yes, society might be more disconnected now than ever, before with the animals that share our environment, especially when it comes to industrialized treatment or the mass production bond none may share. Yet, without the attention to historical human-animal bonds, we will never understand our present relationships with animals. These relationships no matter how humane or inhumane they may have been for animal species, it has greatly influenced our ability to “thrive” as human beings. From modern medicines, sciences, and domestications to the figurative or advanced perspectives we have gained and then speculated throughout our historical placement animals.
We will begin the culturally accepted and institutionalized treatment of “the wild, the useful, and the domestic animals that were influential during the Antiquity period from 2500 BCE to 1000 CE. For the Ancient Mediterranean, Roman, and Greek Worlds, displaying and exploiting the slaughter and killing of animals was extremely prominent throughout Western Europe. Jo-Ann Shelton provided me with mental scenes of wealthy audiences with fancy hats and gloves, fascinated by the blood, struggles, and deaths of “the deserving (human or animal).” This historical entertainment could possibly be reference as acting inhumane, being culturally unacceptable, horrific, and unjustifiable in such cruelty to nonhuman animals, from modern societal perspectives. Keith Hopkins argues that such brutality amongst the Roman Empire was about the absolute control over everyone and everything to establish order.
Hopkins suggest that this lead the cultures to integrate public execution as a form of individual awareness or discipline to what could happen to each spectator if they too stepped out of political or moral order. Some scholars argue that public killing of exotic or wild animals in Rome might have been their unique or uneducated way of promoting agriculture in reducing animal populations that abused their valuable crops. Now we know even today that killing large numbers of animals is “culturally accepted” only if it is related to factory farming, organized hunting, or cancer research as it claims at least half of the United States income. As it may seem that, many ancient animal slaughter and ritual practices were arguably morally wrong. There are still only a few differences between past occurrences and today’s modern agriculture, that one may be culturally unacceptable as the other is justifiable to the human demand.
We have covered that the history of animal cruelty, institutionalized or not traces back deep in literature from biblical to the ancient times. Dog fighting for spectacle sport, as an example, traces back to the early 12th century, and we still struggle today with dimensioning...