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Eating Apes (California Studies in Food and Culture #6)

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"Eating Apes "is an eloquent book about a disturbing secret: the looming extinction of humanity's closest relatives, the African great apes-chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. Dale Peterson's impassioned expos details how, with the unprecedented opening of African forests by European and Asian logging companies, the traditional consumption of wild animal meat in Central Af ...more
ebook, 333 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by University of California Press (first published 2003)
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Bonobro
Oct 20, 2008 Bonobro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a massive effing bummer, but in my opinion, important to be familiar with. It explains numerous ways in which international business, coupled with politics (corrupt, preoccupied or willfully ignorant) affect seemingly unrelated issues, such as the bush meat trade in sub-saharan africa.
Roger
Think you've read some grim books? Not until you've read this one you haven't. Here we learn the definition of "humanity": predator. Here is crossroads where meat-hunger, corruption, industrial logging and high-tech industry collide. We have met the enemy and he is ALL of us.
Mireille Goulet
Aug 02, 2015 Mireille Goulet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have tremendously enjoyed this book and its format which turned an unpalatable topic into fascinating reading, and covered the sociological, environmental, human, moral and public health angles of the bushmeat crisis, its link with the logging industry and how conservation strategies are failing.
Angela Wade
4.5 stars

Riveting until the chapter on economics, which bogged down and became repetitive.
Brooke
Dec 30, 2007 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
Great insight on the bushmeat trade, all the factors that come into play, and what needs to be done to help. Not for the faint of heart as there are some pics and details on how apes are killed for meat.
Doy
Mar 03, 2008 Doy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so enlightening, yet disturbing.
Gary
Sep 01, 2008 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I urge everyone to read this book.
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