Eimear McLoughlin


Graduate Teaching Assistant

Achieving a Distinction in the MA Anthrozoology Programme at the University of Exeter, I successfully secured funding from the ESRC SWDTC in support of my research into the visibility of animal consumptive practices in Denmark. My (1+3) PhD research will involve a 13-month multi-sited fieldwork in Denmark where I will explore cultural attitudes towards animals and the meat they consume. From a a zoo which gained notoriety of late following the recent euthanasia of a healthy giraffe which was subsequently dissected in public to one of the most mechanised pig slaughterhouses in the world which leads guided tours to the public through its facilities. Thus, this culture of visibility stands in opposition to the majority of slaughterhouses around the world where visibility is persistently portrayed as a threat to the meat industry.

This research will enrich the literature on human-animal relationships and slaughterhouse ethnographies. The work will also contribute to scholarship on the sociology of food, exemplifying the association between visibility and food integrity and will bolster anthrozoological research into non-human animal self-hood. Crucially, this research will have instrumental and conceptual impact with potential to influence animal welfare policy and to shape societal attitudes towards animals.


Mc Loughlin,E. (2015) #SaveBenjy: Sexuality, Queer Animals and Ireland Humanimalia, 7(1), p.109-122



#SaveBenjy: Sexuality, Queer Animals and Ireland

Making Sense of the Human/Animal Bond

Mansfield College, University of Oxford

20-21 July 2015