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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Earth Books; Reprint edition (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846948088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846948084
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hard hitting, on target, forthright and forceful. The author shows that it takes nothing more than the movement of one finger for a bully to deliver the easy thrill of robbing an unarmed animal of a life, but it requires discipline and self-mastery to be a defender of wildlife. (Ingrid Newkirk, President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Author of You Can Save the Animals, Making Kind Choices and Free the Animals)

I read this book with wonderment at what our species has done to other species, and with admiration for how staunchly Jim Robertson comes to the defense of those other species, with intelligence, humor, understanding, but above all, compassion. Warning to all hunters: this book could be life-changing, both for you and the animals so senselessly killed. Jim ends his book with these ringing words, both true and eloquent: The passenger pigeon, the great auk and the Steller's sea cow each held a worthy place in nature. The same cannot be said of sport hunting. Sooner or later, the obdurate hunter crouching in the darkness of ages past must cave in and make peace with the animals or rightfully, if figuratively, die off and be replaced with a more compassionate, more evolved earthling - one who appreciates nonhumans as unique individuals, fellow travelers through life with their own unassailable rights to share the planet. (Jeffrey Masson, Author of When Elephants Weep, and Dogs Make Us Human)

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What People Are Saying About Exposing the Big Game

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

Exposing the Big Game, a passionate and informed indictment of Americas's hunting culture, exposes the savagery, cruelty, environmental recklessness and yes, the pathology of this most murderous of sports. Jim Robertson is that rarest of breeds, a talented writer with a gift for telling a story, who is also a lifelong outdoorsman with a profound knowledge of the natural world as well as a compassionate human being with a deep love for all living creatures. Exposing the Big Game is quite simply a masterpiece, a treasure not to be missed by anyone who cares about wildlife, the environment and living gently on planet Earth.
Norm Phelps , Author of The Longest Struggle: AnimalAdvocacy from Pythagoras to PETA


Jim Robertson has a gifted eye for wildlife photography and his writing incorporates humor, insight and factual observations. Look at each and every animal in this remarkaable book as individual self-aware beings deserving of our respect and admiration. If we all could see these magnificant creatures as Jim sees them, there would be hope, not just for their survival, but for our own survival also.
Captain Paul Watson (from his Foreword),
Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Not since Cleveland Amory's Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife has a book been more explosive in exposing the politics, hypocrisies and brutality of big game hunting in North America. Exposing the Big Game
reveals the suffering, decimation and endangerment of America's wild animals who are targeted by sportsmen.
Laura Moretti, Founder of The Animals Voice

For years, Jim Robertson has inspired reverence for wildlife through his photography. Now he has created a book that ought to be mandatory reading for those who still think there's reverence in hunting.
Ethan Smith
, Author of Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering

More About the Author

Jim Robertson is a wildlife photographer and self-taught naturalist whose habitat is in the mountains of Western North America, beyond the reach of cable television and mercifully out of earshot of Sarah Palin's daily sound bites. Living among the likes of elk, wolves and bears has led to a keen awareness of animals as individuals. Yet, with wildlife habitat comes the depraved concept of "sportsmen's paradise" and the wanton evils of hunting. The painful loss of some of his cherished animal neighbors has triggered an evolution from outspoken animal advocate to all out anti-hunter.

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Bison and wolves cannot even tread outside of Yellowstone Park, or they will be shot and killed.
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I recommend this book to anyone who breathes the same air that the animals breathe...that's everyone.
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The author also has a great sense of humor that manages to keep the mood reasonably light as well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marc Bekoff on May 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Exposing the Big Game is a must read for anyone interested in the "sport" of hunting. There's nothing sporting or fair about going out to kill innocent wild animals for the fun of it. Doing this means adopting a perverse set of values. If killing a dog bothers you, as it should, then so should killing other animals. Far too many sentient beings find themselves in the crosshairs of people who claim they love the animals they kill. I'm glad they don't love me. -- Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, Boulder; author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and The Animal Manifesto
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Camilla H. Fox on May 22, 2012
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With humor and poignant satire, Jim Robertson reveals the ugly underbelly of the "consumptive use" minority that has so dominated, exploited, and desecrated Americas native wildlife since colonialism. From coyotes to bison to ravens and prairie dogs, Jim shows how each of these animals has been unfairly maligned, misunderstood and often slaughtered in unfathomable numbers in the name of "wildlife management." At once a no-holds-barred revelation of North Americas ongoing war against wildlife, Exposing the Big Game is also a celebration of these animals, their rich and complex lives, their individuality and their important ecological role. With gorgeous images Jim captures the beauty and majesty of each of his chosen subjects, balancing sometimes painfully honest prose about Americas relentless persecution of species-- hunted as trophies, trapped for profit or fun or killed because they are simply deemed undesirable-- with the gentle and fierce beauty of the non-human animal kingdom.
~ Camilla H. Fox, Executive Director, Project Coyote (ProjectCoyote.org) and co-author of Coyotes in Our Midst and Cull of the Wild
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jasperjosh on May 19, 2012
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Jim is a truly gifted and passionate writer and photographer. This excellent book exposes the historical and present-day horrors of sport hunting and is an invaluable tool for animal advocates. It's also a must-read for anybody who considers hunting a "sport."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy Webster on May 25, 2012
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What an amazing book! Well written with a hard look into a detrimentally cruel practice which should enrage us all, Exposing the Big Game clearly showcases the horror of hunting. Thank you, Jim for this eye-opening book. I'm ordering a second copy for a certain hunter in my family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BlondeGrizzly on May 25, 2012
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An excellent confirmation of my lifelong disdain for 'thrill' and trophy killers. Never again will I feel guilty for thinking the worst kinds of thoughts about these monsters. There is absolutely nothing wrong with anthropomorphizing the rights of animals to live the lives they were blessed with. I recommend this book to anyone who breathes the same air that the animals breathe...that's everyone. Thanks, Jim.
Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League (featured in Animal Planet's 'Blonde vs Bear')
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will Anderson on October 18, 2012
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We forget the individual lives that members from other species experience. The incessant manipulation of ecosystems by state and federal wildlife "management" agencies are meant to serve hunters and animal agriculture. Agencies promote innately cruel bow hunting, gun hunting, and trapping. In doing this they and their hunter cohorts warp the genetic traits passed on from one generation of wildlife under siege to the next. Every generation of wildlife experiences being hunted. Agencies are corrupted by serving their legislated mandates to provide a huntable surplus of favored species while protecting the invasive species we call livestock. Jim Robertson's "Exposing the Big Game" is a must-read. If this is your first exposure to the issue of hunting, you will get the right perspective - from that of the animals who suffer the wanton slaughter a small percentage of the human population considers to be recreation. If you are already pained and aware of the issue, you still need to read it because you are bound to learn something more - as I did. It is a gift and tool to stop the abomination called hunting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy on May 26, 2012
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A friend recommended this book to me. Well written and thought provoking. As humans we need to understand why we do the primitive and terrible things we do, whether it is commit atrocities towards each other, destroy other cultures or destroy other lives, human or animal. Why do we get pleasure in taking away the happiness of others? If someone can kill an innocent being that they never knew or has never impacted their lives, what other atrocities are they capable of? What is missing from them or in them to enable them to do such things?
This book helps to understand what goes on in those minds. Well worth reading what ever your stand point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By scottwork on January 3, 2013
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Jim Robertson's book rips open the lie that hunters and trappers are helping wildlife by managing their populations. All that hunters and trappers are doing is rapidly depleting wildlife from every corner of the earth. Bison and wolves cannot even tread outside of Yellowstone Park, or they will be shot and killed. Prairie dogs have been killed almost to extinction, ditto grizzly bears. Coyotes are considered pests even though they are not endangering cattle or sheep. There is a myth about the romanticism and usefulness of sport hunting that is clearly exposed for what it is in this book. Read it and weep. But be glad at least the truth is coming out.
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