Sometimes, believe it or not, I feel an affinity for hunters. (WHAT? Wait). Of course, not because I believe in stalking and killing wild animals when it is completely unnecessary for survival and unsustainable at our population levels. It’s because I can, at some level, appreciate someone willing to do the terrible and brutal work of killing before consuming. Somehow this is better than the billions of people who get their dead animals in Styrofoam and plastic wrap containers – already turned from living animal into “meat.” It strangely seems less detached. But, this affinity is fleeting. Nobody here need kill for survival, and to do so in the name of “food” is to make excuses for the “sport” of hunting. Really, there is a sadder side to people who enjoy this process.
Most who read this blog are city folk, like me, and we don’t think much on hunting. It might seem far away from our cement and light-rail lives. But it isn’t really that far. In just King County alone, 2516 people received deer hunting permits in 2012 (see http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting for all sorts of stats). Hunting happens on public land, maintained and regulated by our tax dollars. The Washington State Dept of Fish and Wildlife even has a “Go Hunt” website in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. to help hunters find their prey. They even call it a “harvest.”
“Exposing the Big Game blends spectacular photography, indisputable facts and clear reasoning. Jim does not mince words in describing the senselessness and depravity of hunting and the psychopaths who kill for pleasure.” – Peter Muller, President of the League of Humane Voters
Human’s love of sport hunting is a tie that holds us to our worst selves, it combines our basest desires to kill with the modern technology that allows us to do it without risk or discretion.
Maybe you disagree? Either way, it is a topic worth exploring. Come out this Friday, November 2, to spend some time with Jim Robertson, author of Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport. Jim, a wildlife photographer and naturalist will be signing his book at Pizza Pi from 6-8 pm. You can pick up a copy of his book at Sidecar for Pig’s Peace too.
“Jim Robertson has a gifted eye for wildlife photography and his writing incorporates humor, insight and factual observations. If we all could see these magnificent creatures as Jim sees them, there would be hope, not just for their survival, but for our own survival also.” – Captain Paul Watson, Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
You don’t have to care about hunting to care about what happens to wildlife. You don’t have to care about hunting to want to understand the issues fully. On Friday make your city-self go eat pizza, drink a pint of Manny’s, and meet Jim.
When: Fri Nov 2
Where: Pizza Pi (5500 University WY NE)
Why: To be smarter, to know the facts, to be engaged, get a book signed