Animal Person: An Interview with Mary Martin

Mary Martin knows that if you want to get to the heart of human-animal relationships, you have to think critically about the language that’s used to describe those relationships. Through her stellar Animal Person blog, she gives readers a daily dose of news and analysis, as well as regular explorations of common words used in animal advocacy. Visitors to her site are guaranteed to find thought-provoking material presented with clarity and conviction.

In this interview, Martin discusses her love of animals and her love of language, and how she sees the two converging. Martin also discusses Project Treadstone, the program she started in her local community to trap, sterilize, release and treat feral cats. Through her blog and her activism, she’s seen first hand how discourse and language affects our relationship with animals, whether they are the animals we read about in the newspaper, or the stray cats we see on the street.

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