In Defense of Hunting

James A. Swan, Author
James A. Swan, Author HarperOne $20 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-251029-7
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Environmentalist and psychologist Swan (Sacred Places) here presents hunting as a near-mystical experience, a test of skill, an opportunity to commune with nature. He stresses that the modern sport has not exterminated any species, and that it is heavily monitored, with restrictions on species, seasons, weapons, methods and locations. The author asks, ``What is the difference between an animal hunting and a human hunting?'' He urges animal-rights groups and hunters to find common goals: habitat restoration, preservation of endangered species, an end to poaching. Many will argue with Swan's contention that ``hunting is one of the few areas of life where the experience of modern man is still in tune with our ancient ancestors.'' (Nov.)
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