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Selected Articles from our Fall 2011 Issue

Hunters and Game Managers - Look Out: Exposing the Big Game is Soon to be Released

Upcoming Book Reviewed by Peter Muller

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. Many of these articles have appeared in the C.A.S.H. Courier over the years.


Photo by Jim Robertson, www.animalsinthewild.org

Now Jim is putting it all together: his spectacular photography, the indisputable facts and clear reasoning in a soon-to-be published book titled, “Exposing the Big Game.” The book takes the form of a series of accounts about how different species of wildlife are part of the great web of life that unites the brotherhood of mortals on Earth. Yet this harmony is disturbed by a few psychopaths from our species who interrupt this unity by the perverted compulsion to kill for pleasure.

Jim does not mince words in describing and judging the senselessness and depravity of hunting and its practitioners.

Only an inkling of the depth of the book can be gleaned from these few excerpts from Chapter 8, “Prairie Dog Nation: Critical Cornerstone of a Crumbling Castle”:

…All across the globe, humans have enslaved those animals they deemed worthwhile and set out to eliminate the rest. As John Muir noted, “The world, we are told, is made especially for man—a presumption not supported by the facts. A numerous class of men are painfully astonished whenever they find anything…which they cannot eat or render in some way useful to themselves.” To the vast majority of people living in their realm, prairie dogs fall into the category of ‘not useful’ and so have suffered the wrath of the gods.

Yet, as Dr. Jane Goodall observes, “Nine different wildlife species depend on the prairie dog and their habitat for their survival. The prairie dog is a critical component to healthy North American grasslands.” And Terry Tempest Williams adds, “If the prairie dog goes, so goes an entire ecosystem. Prairie dogs create diversity. Destroy them and you destroy a varied world.”

……People in “cattle country” entertain themselves by using the few remaining prairie dogs for target practice.

One such thrill-killer describes his sport this way: “Prairie dog hunting is a blast…on both private and public lands. I like to start by clearing everything within 0-50 yards with an AR-15, then switch to my .223 Remington for anything out to about 150 and finally trade up to the bull barrel .22-250 for the longer shots.”

Longtime candidates for ESA protection, black-tailed prairie dogs were removed from the waiting list in 2004, their fate left up to the states which manage them for “recreational shooting opportunities.” This glib game department jargon, loosely translated, means states like Wyoming have an open season on prairie dogs, allowing for unregulated, year-round shooting without limit or regard for their future.

Adding insult to injury, the latest threat to prairie dogs comes from the pet trade. To satisfy captive animal collectors’ appetites for the latest fad, prairie dogs are vacuumed out of their burrows, separated from their relatives and shipped to markets as far off as Japan.

If we ever completely decode prairie dog language, we’re likely to find that the word for human is, at best, unflattering.


Jim Robertson is an ethical photographer, which means that he photographs animals in the wild both respectfully and unobtrusively, and uses no lures to attract them.
Visit: www.animalsinthewild.org 
Jim@animalsinthewild.org

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