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Pub Date: 10/23/2018

Pages: 200

Trim: 9 x 11

Publisher: AK Press

Imprint: AK Press

ISBN 13: 9781849352864

ISBN 10: 1849352860

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By Sue Coe, Stephen F. Eisenman

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About the Book

“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.

About the Book

Sue Coe’s uncompromising illustrations expose the inherent cruelty of the zoo industry, which treats living animals as exploitable commodities.


Stephen F. Eisenman is a professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. His book, William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, was selected as a "Best Art Book of 2017" by the New York Times.