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Animal Rights/Human Rightsby George Wenzel
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The campaign to ban seal hunting in Canada won international headlines and achieved its aims to a large extent. Most observers felt instinctively that the campaigners were right but little thought was given to the cataclysmic consequences the ban would have on the way of life and economy of a traditional people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada.
A distinguished anthropologist who has spent over twenty years living and working with the Inuit Community, George Wenzel provides a reasoned, in-depth, coolly written but powerful critique of this received interpretation and shows how the campaigners 'own cultural prejudices and questionable ecological imperatives brought hardship, distress and instability to an ecologically balanced traditional culture.
This book is both a careful academic study and a disturbing comment on how environmental activity may oppress a whole society, which raises serious questions about the motives and methods of the animal rights' movement in a much wider context than the case here studied.
Book News Annotation:
Wenzel (geography, McGill U.) explores the rhetoric and strategies of environmental and animal-rights activists in their efforts to end the seal hunt on the northern ice floes. He also examines the social and environmental factors that motivate the Inuit to pursue the activity.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Inuit Canada Cultural assimilation.
Inuit Canada Acculturation. .
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