New Review of Exposing the Big Game

Here’s a new Book Reveiw by Barbara Julian of Animal Literature:
Exposing the Big Game with spectacular photography and horrifying narrative,

Exposing the Big Game, by Jim Robertson, Earth Books, 2012
This book should come with a warning: you will be exposed to some horrific information and heart-breaking tales of the War on Wildlife. Viewer discretion is advised. Government discretion is also advised: politicians not only allow but encourage wildlife hunting for various “management” reasons in many jurisdictions, and humanity should have come up with a better way by now. As for those who kill for fun
Robertson is one angry author-photographer, and we soon see why. In North America it began about 12,000 years ago (with the migration of the first murderous humans): the escalating eradication of wild species. This book jolts us with contrasts, i.e. between the wondrous photos of animals and the hideous word-pictures of the cruelties visited on coyotes, wolves, bears, bison and victims of leg-hold traps. Some of us cannot even read it, it is too graphic. Yet the photos inspire, and re-ignite activist desire to lobby — yet again — for wildlife and an end to hunting whether for business, pleasure, or wildlife “management.”
Best of all the book educates us on the ways of our wild compatriots — their parenting, their emotions and lifestyles, and their clever survival adaptations (they are just like us human apes …!) Ultimately perhaps only that felt sense of the evolutionary, neurological and behavioural connectedness of life forms on this planet will take us beyond argumentation to a place where casual animal killing becomes universally recognized as inherently repugnant.
In an e-book era this one should be acquired in printed book form. So much is lost online, where in cyberspace we are overwhelmed by constant extreme stimuli both positive and negative. Were we not so jaded by all that this might have been a landmark book along the lines of Rachel Carson’s, Thoroeau’s, Farley Mowat’s and others who woke up a somnolent public. Can books still do that? (or in a post-literate age does everything have to be film and youtube?)

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  1. Our newspapers, part of the corporate destruction of our planet, have failed us by putting out “Outdoors” pages by wildlife killers normalizing killing for pleasure and trophy as “Conservation”. Killing is not conservation – in fact it is anti-conservation. Hunters and trappers and hounders are destroying habitat enmasse. Beavers create the most valuable habitat in the world, freshwater wetlands. They are the architects of survival for half of the rare and endangered species on earth – yet the coalition of farmers and “hunters” and trappers have destroyed beavers anywhere and everywhere to stock trout and serve the fur trim market of the nouveau riche in China and Russia. Our wildlife is being extinguished worldwide and we are in very real crisis to save even half of the world’s species. Read this book and get POLITICAL. The hunters, ranchers, and farmers who want to kill our wildlife to facilitate killing 55 billion farm animals are VERY POLITICAL and the legislators will give them whatever they want for re-election. Organize state by state to REPLACE KILLING LICENSE FUNDING of state agencies with GENERAL PUBLIC FUNDING. Otherwise they are just the killing brokerages they have always been.
    First educate yourself, and then take your outrage into political organizing to push our wildlife watching taxes (10-40 times the revenue of wildlife killers) to representative POWER! Act now so we can save something.

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