Sun Tzu: the Art of War For the Wildlife

Like any other technological advancement, the internet is a tool that can be used for good or evil. Social media is a great venue for educating and rallying caring people and amassing an army of kind folks to work together for a positive change.

At the same time, it can also be a meeting place and breeding ground for sick minds sunk so deep in the gutter that hate oozes from every pore. The general public is now well aware of the problem of pedophiles and stalkers trolling the internet, but there’s another malevolence out there they don’t hear much about—mainly because the crimes committed by these psychopaths are legal.

I’m talking about the prideful trophy hunters showing off their kills on Facebook; the sneering wolf hunters and trappers who post their grotesque triumphs on webpages where they know they’ll be viewed by people who are already so distraught that one more image may push them over the edge. It’s part of the game to them, to see who snaps first. Don’t be their next victim.

My advice to those of you who, like me, can’t stand seeing another NRA leader gloating over a dead water buffalo, or country star hunched over a bear he murdered with a bow in a fenced in canned hunting compound, or a wolf-hunting website designed just to turn the stomachs of kindhearted wolf advocates: don’t go there—at least for a day or two. Take some time off if you need to. Hold on to the anger, but try to pace yourself. Wars are not won by those who are blinded by rage or lost in a pit of depression. There’s an art to war; it takes self-discipline and careful strategy to be victorious.

Rome wasn’t toppled by the first invading army; like the decadence of sport hunting, it had to crumble from within first.

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson




Exposing the Big Game goes Digital



As with any book that comes out both in print and in digital, there are pros and cons with either format.

Personally, I prefer the print version for two reasons:  First of all, I don’t own any kind of e-reader yet;-)  The other reason is that the photos were laid out to coincide with specific lines of text, often featuring complementary images facing each other on opposing pages.

For the most part the layout translates well on digital, unless a person were to change the text’s font size, in which case a photo can sometimes end up a paragraph or even a page away from it’s originally intended location. But, changing the font size is one of the pluses of the e-book version and I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from taking full advantage of all the benefits of the latest technology.

Here’s the ultimate solution: why not get a copy of both versions of Exposing the Big Game😉 That way you can see the photos just the way they were meticulously laid out by my wife and I over many long (but not necessarily always tedious) hours, while you read the e-copy with extra large text and maybe even your choice of three background colors.

With the e-version you’ve got possibly the only digital anti-hunting book yet in exisitence, but then again, the print version doesn’t require electricity and (if you take good care of it and don’t dog-ear every other page) could well outlive this flash-in-the-pan age of the machine…

And with the print version, you could ask the author to sign it for you;-)…