Date of Award
Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
Dr. Lars Söderlund
Honors Program Director
Dr. Gavin Keulks
The relationship between animals and humans has always been complicated. Today, society uses zoos as a method of protecting endangered species while also educating people about them. While zoos do a lot of good for preserving animals, there have been instances in the past of some zoos unintentionally, or intentionally, harming them. Therefore, I wrote Slaughterhouse Zoo, a novel that will explore themes in animal rights, acceptance of change, and morality. The novel features protagonist Dylan Alderbridge, a passionate animal lover who is also cynical towards people, as he becomes suspicious of the Nirmala Zoo’s intentions. He aims to get to the bottom of his speculations and take down the corrupt zoo from within by becoming an intern. He later discovers that the zoo has been mistreating and abusing its animals. Through this fictional story, I hope to shine a light on misunderstood animals, as well as show how zoos can be crucial to helping people understand animals better.
Martinez, Sean, "Slaughterhouse Zoo: A Novel" (2021). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 245.