Exposing the Big Game
challenges the archaic, yet
officially endorsed, viewpoint that the primary value of wildlife in America
is to provide cheap entertainment for anyone with a gun and an unwholesome
urge to kill. Portraits and portrayals of tolerant bears, loquacious prairie
dogs, temperamental wolves, high-spirited ravens and benevolent bison will
leave readers with a deeper appreciation of our fellow beings as sovereign
individuals, each with their own unique personalities.
Above all, this book is a condemnation of violence against animals, both
historic and ongoing. It explores the true, sinister motives behind hunting
and trapping, dispelling the myths that sportsmen use to justify their
brutal acts. Exposing the Big Game takes on hunting and defends the
animals with equal passion, while urging us to expand our circle of
compassion and reexamine our stance on killing for sport.
What people are saying about Exposing the Big Game: Living
Targets of a Dying Sport
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 ... (read
entire review here)
Robertson’s book is an angry, detailed call for the elimination of
hunting, but it’s canny in its proceedings. Horrible statistics fill the
pages of this book – figures on the killing-campaigns mankind has waged
against bears, coyotes, prairie dogs, geese, beavers, elk, wolves, and
moose – but much more detailed statistics are available, and Robertson
could have used them (read
entire review here).
~Steve Donaghue on Open Letters Monthly
Robertson's new book could be titled "The Big and Dirty Game,"
because that's what it is about — the dirty, bloody business of killing
other animals for sport and fun. Fun? Sure, that's what the Sportsmen
say...but read about it for yourself...
~Farley Mowat, Author of Never Cry Wolf and A Whale for the
Exposing the Big Game is a must read for anyone interested in
the "sport" of hunting. There's nothing sporting or fair about going out
to kill innocent wild animals for the fun of it. Doing this means
adopting a perverse set of values. If killing a dog bothers you, as it
should, then so should killing other animals. Far too many sentient
beings find themselves in the crosshairs of people who claim they love
the animals they kill. I'm glad they don't love me.
~Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, Boulder; author of The
Emotional Lives of Animals and The Animal Manifesto
With humor and poignant satire, Jim Robertson reveals the ugly
underbelly of the "consumptive use" minority that has so dominated,
exploited, and desecrated America's native wildlife since colonialism.
From coyotes to bison to ravens and prairie dogs, Jim shows how each of
these animals has been unfairly maligned, misunderstood and often
slaughtered in unfathomable numbers in the name of "wildlife
management." At once a no-holds-barred revelation of North America's
ongoing war against wildlife, Exposing the Big Game is also a
celebration of these animals, their rich and complex lives, their
individuality and their important ecological role. With gorgeous images
Jim captures the beauty and majesty of each of his chosen subjects,
balancing sometimes painfully honest prose about America's relentless
persecution of species-- hunted as trophies, trapped for profit or fun
or killed because they are simply deemed undesirable-- with the gentle
and fierce beauty of the non-human animal kingdom.
~Camilla H. Fox, Executive Director, Project Coyote and co-author of
Coyotes in Our Midst and Cull of the Wild
I find Exposing the Big Game to be a very inspiring book. Jim Robertson
has a gifted eye for wildlife photography and his writing incorporates
humor, insight and factual observations.
~Paul Watson, Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Hard hitting, on target, forthright and forceful. The author shows that
it takes nothing more than the movement of one finger for a bully to deliver
the easy thrill of robbing an unarmed animal of a life, but it requires
discipline and self-mastery to be a defender of wildlife.
~Ingrid Newkirk, President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA), Author of You Can Save the Animals, Making Kind Choices
and Free the Animals
I read this book with wonderment at what our species has done to other
species, and with admiration for how staunchly Jim Robertson comes to the
defense of those other species, with intelligence, humor, understanding, but
above all, compassion. Warning to all hunters: this book could be
life-changing, both for you and the animals so senselessly killed. Jim ends
his book with these ringing words, both true and eloquent: 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.
~Jeffrey Masson, Author of
When Elephants Weep, and Dogs Make Us Human
For years, Jim Robertson has inspired reverence for wildlife through his
photography. Now he has created a book that ought to be mandatory reading
for those who still think there’s reverence in hunting.
Author of Building and Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal
Exposing the Big Game, a passionate and informed indictment of
America’s hunting culture, exposes the savagery, cruelty, environmental
recklessness and yes, the pathology of this most murderous of sports. Jim
Robertson is that rarest of breeds, a talented writer with a gift for
telling a story who is also a lifelong outdoorsman with a profound knowledge
of the natural world as well as a compassionate human being with a deep love
for all living creatures. Exposing the Big Game is quite simply a
masterpiece, a treasure not to be missed by anyone who cares about wildlife,
the environment and living gently on planet Earth.
~Norm Phelps, Author of
The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from
Pythagoras to PETA
Not since Cleveland Amory's "Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife,"
has a book been more explosive in exposing the politics, hypocrisies, and
brutality of big game hunting in North America than Jim Robertson's "Exposing
the Big Game." Robertson has keenly studied hunters and their lobbies
for as long as he's professionally studied wildlife behind the lens of his
camera — and he knows them all well. In "Exposing the Big Game," Robertson
strips away the veil behind the claims of government agencies and hunters
themselves to show us the stark reality behind the suffering, decimation,
and endangerment of America's wild animals who are targeted by sportsmen.
~Laura Moretti, Founder of The Animals Voice Magazine
Jim Robertson is best known for his breathtaking wildlife photography
as well as his clear and thought-provoking articles about wildlife and
the cruel, repulsive and altogether perverse nature of hunting. Now Jim
has put it all together: his spectacular photography, the indisputable
facts and clear reasoning in Exposing the Big Game. Jim does not mince words
in describing the senselessness and depravity of hunting and the psychopaths
who kill for pleasure.
~Peter Muller, President and co-founder of the League of Humane Voters
Jim Robertson is not only an enormously talented wildlife photographer;
he provides a much needed voice for the animals whom he captures so
beautifully with his camera lens. Chapter by chapter, the reader is
introduced to each species and learns detailed facts about their natural
behavior, their daily lives, and the important place that each holds in the
ecosystem. We also read of the seemingly endless ways in which humans have
historically exploited, terrorized, and brutally extirpated these animals.
This brutality (which continues today), juxtaposed against the stunningly
beautiful photographs, sends a powerful message. It is a message of empathy
and understanding, and also one of much needed change in our nation’s
wildlife management “practices”. Kudos to Jim Robertson for possessing the
deep knowledge, the talent, and the courage to convey this message in a way
that is at once both spectacular and powerful.
~Linda Case, Author of
Canine and Feline Behavior and Training
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