Ignoring Nature No More : The Case for Compassionate Conservation

By: Bekoff, MarcMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (450 p.)ISBN: 9780226925363Subject(s): Ecosystem | Science | Wildlife conservation -- Moral and ethical aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ignoring Nature No More : The Case for Compassionate ConservationDDC classification: 333.95416 LOC classification: QL82 .I393 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; 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 Two: Conservation Behavior and "Enlightened Management" : Guidelines for Restoring, Recreating, and Redecorating Nature6. 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 Failling 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-Bianchet10. Reintroductions to "Ratchet Up" Public Perceptions of Biodiversity: Reversing the Extinction of Experience through Animal Restorations / Philip J. Seddon and Yolanda von 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 Three: Conservation Economics and Politics: It All Comes Down to Money13. The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare / Brian Czech; 14. Conservation, Biodiversity, and Tourism in New Zealand: Engaging with the Conservative 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 NeSmith18. 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 Five: Culture, Religion, and Spirituality: Using Empathy and Compassion to Develop a Unified Global Movement to Protect Animals and their Homes
Summary: 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 proact
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Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; 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 Two: Conservation Behavior and "Enlightened Management" : Guidelines for Restoring, Recreating, and Redecorating Nature6. 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 Failling 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-Bianchet10. Reintroductions to "Ratchet Up" Public Perceptions of Biodiversity: Reversing the Extinction of Experience through Animal Restorations / Philip J. Seddon and Yolanda von 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 Three: Conservation Economics and Politics: It All Comes Down to Money13. The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare / Brian Czech; 14. Conservation, Biodiversity, and Tourism in New Zealand: Engaging with the Conservative 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 NeSmith18. 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 Five: Culture, Religion, and Spirituality: Using Empathy and Compassion to Develop a Unified Global Movement to Protect Animals and their Homes

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 proact

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This book would be a good choice for supplementary reading in animal welfare courses. The emphasis is on how humans deal with animals, with less focus on pollution, overpopulation, global warming, and ecosystem degradation. The volume includes contributors from the US, Canada, India, Kenya, Australia, and New Zealand. Several authors think animals should have rights and be considered on almost the same basis as humans, but no solid philosophical case is given for that position. A repeated theme is that animal welfare and conservation groups do not always agree. The book contains 26 chapters, organized in five parts. Part 1, "Ethics, Conservation, and Animal Protection," includes two chapters on the bush meat trade. Part 2, "Conservation Behavior and 'Enlightened Management,'" discusses the use of behavioral studies in such management. Part 3, "Conservation Economics and Politics," contains a chapter arguing for a steady-state economy rather than one that depends on growth. The fourth section focuses on compassion for animals, with chapters on how social work, anthropology, and children's education could help in conservation. The final section, "Culture, Religion and Spirituality," includes chapters on "green religion" and, rather surprisingly, on the movie Avatar. The book lacks graphs/charts; editing is good; ancillary materials are satisfactory. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above. M. LaBar emeritus, Southern Wesleyan University

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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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