Inside Hunting and Animal Rights Controversies
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
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My “field” for this project was mostly in the woods. I benefited from able guides navigating me through sometimes rough terrain and helping me see the forest for the trees. I started going to camp as an escape before it became fieldwork, but once the project took shape, the men at Camp Hunter and other haunts were wonderfully receptive to being ...
Prologue: Taking Aim
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“We have been whaling in this town for centuries, so why shouldn’t we continue?” Yoshinori Shoji, vice chairman of the Japan Small-Type Whaling Association, defensively addressed the reporter from the Guardian who had come to the tiny fishing village of Wadaura for the protest-filled opening of the 2007 whaling season (McCurry ...
1. Ritual and Controversy at Deer Camp
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Many places in America are both venerated and vilified as hunting havens—Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri among them. They rise to the top of national surveys recording the number of hunters licensed. In terms of the percentage of total population participating in hunting, other places with hardy backcountry reputations fig-...
2. The Pigeon Shoot Controversy
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At the end of the twentieth century, pigeon shoots, often described in media coverage as “folk tradition,” made front-page news. Every Labor Day from 1987 to 1997, animal rights activists protested the community-sponsored shooting contest in the rural Pennsylvania German hamlet of Hegins.1 Stories about the protests were carried on national ...
3. The Hare-Coursing Controversy
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The Hunting Act 2004, known colloquially as “the ban,” signaled a monumental legal change and social divide in Great Britain. The contentious effect of the act was to outlaw hunting with dogs in England and Wales after February 18, 2005. Parliament spent over 700 hours debating the ban in 2004, and one index of its political as well as social ...
Epilogue: Future Shot
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"I’ll tell you why I’m the future of hunting,” eighteen-year-old Meredith Odato said after winning the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s youth essay contest. “Hunting is not only a tradition,” she continued, “but also a remarkable way of life; a lifelong process devoted to the establishment of character and knowledge, unique qualities known ex-...
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Page Count: 320
Publication Year: 2008