Bloodties: Nature, Culture, and the Hunt

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AN ARDENT ENVIRONMENTALIST AND HUNTER SEEKS OUR PROPER RELATIONSHIP TO THE ANIMAL WORLD

For all readers who are perplexed over humanity's proper relationship to animals, Ted Kerasote's provocative exploration of the ancient human urge to hunt will dramatize the issues that fuel this controversial debate. In his opening section, "Food" the author travels to the frozen shores of coastal Greenland, living and hunting with Inuit villagers-true hunter-gatherers-who are utterly ...

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AN ARDENT ENVIRONMENTALIST AND HUNTER SEEKS OUR PROPER RELATIONSHIP TO THE ANIMAL WORLD

For all readers who are perplexed over humanity's proper relationship to animals, Ted Kerasote's provocative exploration of the ancient human urge to hunt will dramatize the issues that fuel this controversial debate. In his opening section, "Food" the author travels to the frozen shores of coastal Greenland, living and hunting with Inuit villagers-true hunter-gatherers-who are utterly dependent for sustenance on the seals, polar bears, and narwhal that they can wrest from their punishing environment. In "Trophies," Kerasote accompanies the first Western sportsmen permitted into a remote stretch of Siberian wilderness, one of whom uses unethical stratagems to bag the worlds most coveted hunting trophy. In "Webs," we meet a hunter caught between these two extremes-the writer himself. Stalking elk near his home in Wyoming, seeking a winter's worth of meat, Kerasote encounters the pall of himself that yearns to make the kill and take the wild creature's life force into his own body.

Nearing the end of his odyssey, the author attends meetings of the Fund for Animals with the organization's director, a vehement opponent of hunting. Kerasote also examines the ecological consequences of eating food produced by our agri-business system and transported in fossil fuel-consuming refrigerator trucks; next he considers the environmental impact of the death of the prey that has given its life to the hunter. Scrupulously balanced, Bloodties is a memorable book for all lovers of the outdoors-both hunters and nonhunters-and a landmark in the evolving discussion of our proper relationship to the animal world.

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Chicago Tribune
An elegant examination of our place in the food cycle.... An engaging storyteller...[Kerasote’s] eloquence is vivid and nourishing, food for thought in the truest sense of the phrase.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Naturalist and author Kerasote examines the ethics, mythology and cultural value of hunting. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Arguments about the ethics of hunting have influenced many recent books, from personal reflections (e.g., Charles Fergus's A Rough-Shooting Dog , LJ 8/91) to scholarly works (e.g., Matt Cartmill's A View to a Death in the Morning , LJ 3/1/93 and Tom Regan's The Case for Animal Rights , LJ 10/1/83). Kerasote, EcoWatch columnist for Sports Afield , lived with Greenlander subsistence hunters and with wealthy men who travel the world seeking big game records. The first third of his book portrays those who hunt to survive; the second profiles highly competitive trophy hunters; the third philosophically examines the middle ground. He contrasts his own feelings about the elk he hunts with those of the director of the Fund for Animals, an antihunting organization. The result is an intelligent examination of the complex web of relationships surrounding the hunter who is a mindful participant in nature. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-- Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568360270
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Kodansha Globe Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Ted Kerasote

TED KERASOTE has written about nature for many publications, including AUDUBON, OUTSIDE, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER. His most recent book is OUT THERE: IN THE WILD IN A WIRED AGE.

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