No Really, Who Should Read Exposing the Big Game?

My book opens with a satirical preface that asks: “Who Should Read Exposing the Big Game?” It depicts a far-fetched scenario of a hunter deciding to smash his weapons after reading the first three chapters of the book. Unfortunately, at least one reviewer took it seriously and wondered why—if I hoped to convert hunters—didn’t I assume a more placid demeanor? (The old “honey versus vinegar” debate.)

The fact is, I never really entertained any fantasy that I could talk the average hunter out of objectifying and killing animals. It’s what they like to do best; it’s “better than sex,” some of them would say.

Later in that preface, I point out that avid hunters make up less than 5% of the U.S. population. The vast majority of Americans, 90%, are non-hunters, with an additional 5% who consider themselves avid anti-hunters.

If the purpose of the book were to negotiate with hunters (whom I’ve found to be about as reasonable as the angry torch-carrying mob after Frankenstein’s monster), I would have used a different approach and tried to sweet-talk them a little. At least I would have spent some time seriously examining their silly, feeble rationalizations for hunting, like the standard: “If humans weren’t supposed to be predators, why do we have sharp canine teeth?” Give me a break! Gorillas, one of our closest relatives, have much more prominent canine teeth and they come from a line of strict vegetarians.

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have a clue how to get the message across to hunters and change their minds about killing for sport (short of electro-shock therapy). Believe me, I’ve tried and found them to be pretty darned set in their ways (to put it nicely). The real target audience for Exposing the Big Game is the 90% who are non-hunters, whom I hope—after learning some of the ugly realities of hunting—will decide to get active and join the ranks of anti-hunters.

Another goal of the book is to encourage (and entertain) anti-hunters, giving them a bit of renewed incentive to keep up the good fight. Though we outnumber trophy hunters, they have a heavily funded propaganda machine, including libraries of snuff films and volumes of glossy, full-colored “sportsmen’s” magazines available at any grocery store, drug store or mini-mart across America.

Non-hunters and anti-hunters alike now have at least one book to keep by their side and give them strength to speak out for the animals the next time the pro-hunting industry tries to shut us out of the process of deciding the fate of our wildlife.

If my attitude towards hunters seems too steeped in vinegar, it comes from a deep concern for the well-being of animals, who, as Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson wrote in the book’s Foreword, “…are the disenfranchised from who we have stolen habitat and life – for far too long. It’s time to make peace with our fellow citizens, to live in harmony with them and to understand that those who today club seals, harpoon whales, shoot bears, trap beaver, hook a shark, or blast a goose with a shotgun will be viewed in the future in the same light as we now view slavers, warlords, gangsters and politicians.”

For more information on Exposing the Big Game, visit:             http://www.earth-books.net/books/exposing-the-big-game

Wildlife Photos Copyright Jim Robertson

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16 thoughts on “No Really, Who Should Read Exposing the Big Game?

  1. Hunters claim to be a lot of things, but, in reality, they are nothing more than terrorists of the animal kingdom. There has to be something very wrong with anyone who ENJOYS KILLING.

  2. Amazing that hunters think these animals are beautiful too but are happier seeing them beautiful and dead as opposed to beautiful and alive. Mind boggling. Seems an act of cowardice to be in a contest where only one of the parties knows that there is a challenge. With hunters having the big guns, scent bait, mating calls, night vision binocs, etc.it is without a doubt an unequal match not to mention that only one party knows that there is a death match. Hunting: The “sport” of cowards.

  3. Let’s face it, hunters are killers, often as a sport. There is no excuse for them to kill these beautiful wild Animals. I am really hoping that reading Jim Robertson’s book will change their ways, will make them come to their senses…otherwise, there is always Karma, and I believe in it. Crime does not pay!

  4. Crimes against animals, like crimes against humanity, are soul-destroying, and I believe that those who take part in such acts are damaging themselves as well as the beings they hurt. It’s a long uphill climb out of the mire, but it has been done in the past, with hunters moving to a higher plane where they can grow as compassionate human beings. Some have given up hunting and even fight for the rights of animals. Without the will to change, they will continue to be part of a tiny minority group that many in society will want to avoid. They will eventually evolve out of existence, because they are vastly outnumbered and there is no reason for them to survive.

    • Good points, thanks Sinikka. My book includes a quote from Farley Mowat about the day he decided never to give up sport hunting. I end the book with these lines: The passenger pigeon, the great auk and the Steller‘s sea cow each held a worthy place in nature. The same cannot be said of sport hunting. Sooner or later, the obdurate hunter crouching in the darkness of ages past must cave in and make peace with the animals or rightfully, if figuratively, die off and be replaced with a more compassionate, more evolved earthling—one who appreciates nonhumans as unique individuals, fellow travelers through life with their own unassailable rights to share the planet.

    • ► “Crimes against animals, like crimes against humanity, are soul-destroying, and I believe that those who take part in such acts are damaging themselves as well as the beings they hurt.”

      I believe people who hurt animals create black marks on their souls. I came across the following yesterday, and I think it’s very fitting for the part of your post I’ve quoted above:

      “There is a Native American legend that says when a human dies, there is a bridge they must cross to enter heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered, in any way, during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge, and which are turned away.”

      ► “They will eventually evolve out of existence, because they are vastly outnumbered and there is no reason for them to survive.”

      Yes, they will evolve out of existence, and I believe the day when that starts happening is coming sooner rather than later. There are a lot of changes happening in the world right now on a metaphysical and spiritual level, and Mother Earth will no longer tolerate the damage that’s being done to her and her non-human animal inhabitants.

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