Why Hunt?

Sep 29, 2015

Tuesday, we’re asking this question: why do people hunt? In the wake of the killing of a treasured lion in Zimbabwe earlier this year, hunters around the world – especially trophy hunters – were forced to justify themselves. Some hunters argue that hunting is an effective conservation tool. Others say hunting yields a deep connection to both nature and millions of years of human history, not to mention delicious meat. A panel of guests will join us to explore the issue and we hope to hear from you, too.

  • Simon Adler is a producer for WNYC and Radiolab. He recently produced a story for Radiolab about a hunt for an endangered black rhino in Namibia. LINK
  • David Petersen has written numerous books about hunting, including Heartsblood, On the Wild Edge, The Man Made of Elk, and Going Trad: Out There, with Elkheart [Author’s Web site|Amazon]. He's also the subject of a new documentary called The Good Hunt.
  • Jan Dizard is the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor in American Culture at Amherst College and the author of several books, including Going Wild: Hunting, Animal Rights, and the Congested Meaning of Nature and Mortal Stakes: Hunters and Hunting in Contemporary America [Amazon|Indiebound].