Wildlife Institute to Host Seminar on “The Social Justification for Hunting”

Wildlife Institute to Host Seminar on “The Social Justification for Hunting”

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The deer’s ear twitches. It thinks it hears something. Cautiously, it looks around the woods. But there’s nothing in sight but trees and bushes.

It goes back to grazing, then BAM! The crack of a hunting rifle goes off, and the deer drops dead. The hunter walks out of the brush and admires his kill.

The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute will be hosting a seminar on Thursday, April 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. The topic is “The Social Justification for Hunting.”

This seminar will be provided by NC State’s Dr. Nils Peterson.

“The topic explores weaknesses in traditional justifications for hunting (that it’s natural, that it’s fun, and that it helps keep nature in balance) and suggests two alternative justifications,” said Peterson. “First, as an increasingly rare practice that defines the identity of participants it should be preserved for its cultural value.  Second, as a pre-modern practice that forces modern society to see the materiality of food production it should be preserved for its ability to link society with nature.”

The seminar will be located at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center on 1730 West Corral Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The aim of the topic is to get people to appreciate the role of hunting in modern society and for them to develop a more critical view of traditional social justifications for hunting, said Peterson.

Frank Garza
Editor-in-Chief