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Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa's Wildlife

By: Glen Martin

243 pages, 14 b/w photos, 3 maps

University of California Press

Hardback | Mar 2012 | #196085 | ISBN-13: 9780520266261
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About this book

Are conservation and protecting animals the same thing? In "Game Changer", award-winning environmental reporter Glen Martin takes a fresh look at this question as it applies to Africa's megafauna. Martin assesses the rising influence of the animal rights movement and finds that the policies championed by animal welfare groups could lead paradoxically to the elimination of the very species--including elephants and lions--that are the most cherished.

In his anecdotal and highly engaging style, Martin takes readers to the heart of the conflict. He revisits the debate between conservationists, who believe that people whose lives are directly impacted by the creation of national parks and preserves should be compensated, versus those who believe that restrictive protection that forbids hunting is the most effective way to conserve wildlife and habitats. Focusing on the different approaches taken by Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia, Martin vividly shows how the world's last great populations of wildlife have become the hostages in a fight between those who love animals and those who would save them.


List of Illustrations

1. Never an Eden
2. The Man Who Hated Hyenas
3. Dreaming the Peaceable Kingdom
4. From Automata to Sentient Beings
5. My Cow Trumps Your Lion
6. Death to L'Ancien Regime
7. Reality Check
8. The Kenya Model
9. An Inalienable Right
10. Buy (or Lease) It and They Will Come
11. Even the Cows Must Pay
12. Elephant Man
13. The Sage Reconsiders
14. Commodifying Conservation
15. Not a Primary Issue of Concern
16. Hard Choices
17. The Nation on a Plate
18. Topsoil and Condoms
19. Summing Up in Diani

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Glen Martin is the author of "National Geographic's Guide to Wildlife Watching: 100 of the Best Places in America to See Animals in their Natural Habitat" and coauthor (with Jay Stuller) of "Through the Grapevine: The Real Story Behind America's $8 Billion Wine Industry".

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