Ignoring Nature No More: The Case For Compassionate Conservation

Paperback | June 1, 2013

EditorMarc Bekoff

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For far too long humans have been ignoring nature. As the most dominant, overproducing, overconsuming, big-brained, big-footed, arrogant, and invasive species ever known, we are wrecking the planet at an unprecedented rate. And while science is important to our understanding of the impact we have on our environment, it alone does not hold the answers to the current crisis, nor does it get people to act. In Ignoring Nature No More, Marc Bekoff and a host of renowned contributors argue that we need a new mind-set about nature, one that centers on empathy, compassion, and being proactive.
           
This collection of diverse essays is the first book devoted to compassionate conservation, a growing global movement that translates discussions and concerns about the well-being of individuals, species, populations, and ecosystems into action. Written by leading scholars in a host of disciplines, including biology, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, political science, and philosophy, as well as by locals doing fieldwork in their own countries, the essays combine the most creative aspects of the current science of animal conservation with analyses of important psychological and sociocultural issues that encourage or vex stewardship. The contributors tackle topics including the costs and benefits of conservation, behavioral biology, media coverage of animal welfare, conservation psychology, and scales of conservation from the local to the global. Taken together, the essays make a strong case for why we must replace our habits of domination and exploitation with compassionate conservation if we are to make the world a better place for nonhuman and human animals alike.

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For far too long humans have been ignoring nature. As the most dominant, overproducing, overconsuming, big-brained, big-footed, arrogant, and invasive species ever known, we are wrecking the planet at an unprecedented rate. And while science is important to our understanding of the impact we have on our environment, it alone does not h...

Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. His numerous books include The Emotional Lives of Animals, The Animal Manifesto, and Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, the last also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:June 1, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226925356

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Benjamin B. Beck

Preface
Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
It Shouldn’t Be All about Us

Acknowledgments

Part One    Ethics, Conservation, and Animal Protection
Trying to Make Difficult Decisions Easier

1   The Infirm Ethical Foundations of Conservation
John A. Vucetich and Michael P. Nelson

2   Venturing beyond the Tyranny of Small Differences
The Animal Protection Movement, Conservation, and Environmental Education
Paul Waldau

3   Ecocide and the Extinction of Animal Minds
Eileen Crist

4   Talking about Bushmeat
Dale Peterson

5   Conservation, Animal Rights, and Human Welfare
A Pragmatic View of the “Bushmeat Crisis”
Ben A. Minteer

Part 2    Conservation Behavior and “Enlightened Management”
Guidelines for Restoring, Recreating, and Redecorating Nature

6   Why We Really Don’t Care about the Evidence in Evidence-Based Decision Making in Conservation (and How to Change This)
Daniel T. Blumstein

7   Cautionary Wildlife Tales
Learning to Fail or Failing to Learn?
Joel Berger

8   Coyotes, Compassionate Conservation, and Coexistence
Why Ignoring Nature Means Ineffective “Predator Management”
Camilla H. Fox

9   Why Evolutionary Biology Is Important for Conservation
Toward Evolutionarily Sustainable Harvest Management
Marco Festa-Bianchet

10   Reintroductions to “Ratchet Up” Public Perceptions of Biodiversity
Reversing the Extinction of Experience through Animal Restorations
Philip J. Seddon and Yolanda van Heezik

11   Przewalski’s Horses and Red Wolves
Importance of Behavioral Research for Species Brought Back from the Brink of Extinction
Sarah R. B. King

12   Why Individuals Matter
Lessons in Animal Welfare and Conservation
Liv Baker

Part 3    Conservation Economics and Politics
It All Comes Down to Money

13   The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare
Brian Czech

14   Conservation, Biodiversity, and Tourism in New Zealand
Engaging with the Conservation Economy
Eric J. Shelton

Part Four    Human Dimensions of Social Justice, Empathy, and Compassion for Animals and Other Nature

15   Anthropological Perspectives on Ignoring Nature
Barbara J. King

16   Nature and Animals in Human Social Interactions
Fostering Environmental Identity
Susan Clayton

17   Conservation Social Work
The Interconnectedness of Biodiversity Health and Human Resilience
Philip Tedeschi, Sarah M. Bexell, and Jolie NeSmith

18   The War on Nature—Turning the Tide?
Lessons from Other Movements and Conservation History
David Johns

19   Consuming Nature
The Cultural Politics of Animals and the Environment in the Mass Media
Carrie Packwood Freeman and Jason Leigh Jarvis

20   Children, Animals, and Social Neuroscience
Empathy, Conservation Education, and Activism
Olin E. “Gene” Myers Jr.

Part 5    Culture, Religion, and Spirituality
Using Empathy and Compassion to Develop a Unified Global Movement to Protect Animals and Their Homes

21   Compassionate Conservation
A Paradigm Shift for Wildlife Management in Australasia
Daniel Ramp, Dror Ben-Ami, Keely Boom, and David B. Croft

22   China’s Wildlife Crisis
Cultural Tradition or Politics of Development
Peter J. Li

23   A Triangular Playing Field
The Social, Economic, and Ethical Context of Conserving India’s Natural Heritage
Vivek Menon

24   Conservation and Its Challenges in Kenya
Josphat Ngonyo and Mariam Wanjala

25   Is Green Religion an Oxymoron?
Biocultural Evolution and Earthly Spirituality
Bron Taylor

26   Avatar
The Search for Biosynergy and Compassion
Anthony L. Rose and A. Gabriela Rose

Some Closing Words
Moving Ahead with Heart, Peace, and Compassion
Marc Bekoff

About the Contributors
Contributors’ Contact Information
Index

Editorial Reviews

“For years a small coterie of environmentalists, animal rights activists, ethicists, conservation biologists, philosophers, park management officials, and legislators have been grappling with the relationships between individuals and species; populations and habitats; bio-invasives and native and endemic species. What is the right thing to do with regard to listing threatened and endangered species? When is ecological legislation overreaching or, conversely, inadequate? At what point should humanity step in to resurrect past ecosystems, or prepare for climate-change-related future biomes? These and many other topics meant to help heal divisions between conservation biology and advocates of animal rights and animal welfare are forthrightly grappled with in Marc Bekoff’s important new, bold, eclectic, and forward-looking anthology, which scans the planet for flash points where animal protection and conservation biology are in direct correlation, conflict, ethically ambiguous point-counterpoint, or simply off the radar of most local, regional, and international discussion. This thoughtful book is a must-read for every student of zoology, ecology, environmental ethics, and conservation biology.”