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Sonya Vatomsky

Sonya Vatomsky

Bio: Sonya Vatomsky is a writer and researcher based in the Pacific Northwest. They are the author of Salt Is For Curing (Sator Press, 2015) and a staff writer at Haute Macabre; their work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Slate, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. Find them online at @coolniceghost and

A dog on trial

When Societies Put Animals on Trial

Animal trials were of two kinds: (1) secular suits against individual creatures; and (2) ecclesiastic cases against groups of vermin.