This book examines Japanese wartime zoo policy during World War II, analyzing the reasons why the Home Ministry destroyed more than 300 showpiece animals throughout Japan well before U.S. air strikes were anticipated, with international comparisons ...
of the effects of the war on zoos in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. This book demonstrates that the "disposal of dangerous animals" was an integral part of the Japanese government military propaganda to mobilize the whole civilian population into total war, rather than for the ostensible purpose of public safety. These animals were at the mercy of the "march of human folly" and were destroyed mercilessly. This book argues that a study of the effects of war on animals is an essential part of war history, as exemplified by the recent rise in interest in the study of destruction at Baghdad Zoo and Kabul Zoo.
Number of pages: 266
Date of publication: 19/01/2011
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