Eating Apes / Edition 1

Eating Apes / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0520243323
ISBN-13:
9780520243323
Pub. Date:
09/06/2004
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Overview

Eating Apes / Edition 1


Eating Apes is an eloquent book about a disturbing secret: the looming extinction of humanity's closest relatives, the African great apes—chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. Dale Peterson's impassioned exposé details how, with the unprecedented opening of African forests by European and Asian logging companies, the traditional consumption of wild animal meat in Central Africa has suddenly exploded in scope and impact, moving from what was recently a subsistence activity to an enormous and completely unsustainable commercial enterprise. Although the three African great apes account for only about one percent of the commercial bush meat trade, today's rate of slaughter could bring about their extinction in the next few decades. Supported by compelling color photographs by award-winning photographer Karl Ammann, Eating Apes documents the when, where, how, and why of this rapidly accelerating disaster.

Eating Apes persuasively argues that the American conservation media have failed to report the ongoing collapse of the ape population. In bringing the facts of this crisis and these impending extinctions into a single, accessible book, Peterson takes us one step closer to averting one of the most disturbing threats to our closest relatives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520243323
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/06/2004
Series: California Studies in Food and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 329
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Introduction1
1Laughter3
2Beginnings18
3Death37
4Flesh57
5Blood80
6Business104
7Denial126
8A Story151
9History183
Afterword211
Appendix A.Saving the Apes231
Appendix B.Further Reading240
Appendix C.The Primate Family Tree243
Appendix D.The HIV/SIV Family Tree244
Maps245
Notes251
Bibliography285
Acknowledgments301
Index305

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