The Violent-Care of Captive Life
This chapter looks at what possibilities could emerge from a strange space of captivity by observing the captive lives of whooping cranes. Once numerous across North America, by the early twentieth century, the number of whooping cranes had been reduced to fewer than twenty birds due to hunting and wetland loss. In order to conserve these remaining birds, the United States and Canada run a captive breeding program that will both ensure the maintenance of valuable genetic diversity and produce young birds to create free-living populations. Despite these good intentions, the captive birds have been required to live in strange and diminished environments, and be exposed to ongoing stresses, including the artificial insemination conducted on them.
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