7. ANIMAL MODELS: BIOLOGICAL, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL

Art Museums: traditionally have strict anti animal stances, most having explicit policy that living non-humans can not be displayed. This effects a stance that animals are not part of 'culture'--unless of course they a dead and sliced in half. My own direct experience includeds tremendously difficult negotiations involved to exhibit living tissue, and another exhibition in which mice were involved.

France is alone among nations in taking the 'culture' in agriculture seriously, and arguing that agricultural life (the production of cheeses, rural life generally et al) is intimately related to national culture and lifestyle. Although they use this to validate extraordinary agricultural subsidies, they are not wrong.

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