Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Why does UW’s Nelson Institute feature ‘MeatEater,’ who promotes killing?

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What would it take to accomplish the serious, wrenching, full-scale readjustments that in fact are necessary to save the Earth … and (create) a new, modest, regardful relationship with the Earth and its species? — Richard Kreitner in The Nation

On April 14, UW-Madison and the Nelson Institute offered a Steven Rinella event at the Discovery Center. Rinella hosts his own hit TV show, “MeatEater,” on the Sportsmen’s Channel. About 250 mostly white males attended. UW-Madison had run a free MOOC (massive open online course) called “The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation,” which attracted 6,000 participants. Paul Robbins, executive director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, was instrumental in getting Rinella to speak, and gave an enthusiastic introduction, saying, “There is nothing this guy will not eat.”

It turned out that Rinella “trapped my ass off for 10 years” until the Russian fur market recently…

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