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Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation by [Hornaday, William Temple]
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Length: 432 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Born in 1854, this Indiana farm boy was to become one of the Nation s most eloquent leaders in the protection of wildlife. His early interest was in scientific taxidermy. He founded the National Society of American Taxidermists in New York in 1880. He was appointed chief taxidermist of the U.S. National Museum in Washington, D.C. Later, as director of the New York Zoological Society, he supervised the building and administration of the Bronx Zoo. He wrote hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and over 20 books in the field of conservation. He was a leading influence in the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the 1911 Fur Seal Treaty. But his greatest victory was probably his successful fight to preserve the American bison from extermination.

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  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TQGSZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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By Smart Shopper on January 18, 2014
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It was an ok book....I was interested enough to finsh it but not enough to remember what I read afterward so its a good time passer
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William Temple Hornaday was a natural historian extraordinaire, traveler, hunter, and most importantly an activist for animals everywhere—his ever-practical efforts and impassioned arguments led to results for bison and many other species, for the establishment of zoos and preserves, for improved laws, etc, across the continent.

This book, along with his natural history volume, must be considered his magnum opus as he provides an incredible display of knowledge of the current state of conservation affairs (especially in the U.S.) and prescriptions for its improvement. With a vast network of correspondents throughout the world, Hornaday gives us all the details of what he’s learned, coupling the exposition with policy prescriptions. It’s 1912 and now that the bison have been saved, Hornaday turns his gaze to hunting and preservation of game, especially bird species.

The book begins touchingly with a somber summary species made extinct my human brutality. As you read on, you get the impression that every town in the U.S. was incessantly ringing with gunshots from evermore souped-up weaponry, decimating the animals for profit, pleasure, and food. Hornaday comes out strongly against against “game-hogs,” “pot hunters” (who destroy wildlife for profit), and women of fashion wearing feathers in their picturesque hats.

He laments the wanton killing of squirrels, which aren’t good to eat and furnish amusement and education for children and the rest of us. Killing of non-game species he considers a crime in a well-fed nation like the U.S., especially—and he repeats this throughout the book. He details (lack of) game laws that allow long open seasons, high bag limits, and shooting of animals in spring when raising young.
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Excellent book in great condition.
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This book offers a look back at early efforts by a leading voice in the conservation and the lose of wilderness habitat.
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