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Our Vanishing Wild Life

Our Vanishing Wild Life by William T. Hornaday
By: (1854-1937)

We are weary of witnessing the greed, selfishness and cruelty of “civilized” man toward the wild creatures of the earth. We are sick of tales of slaughter and pictures of carnage. It is time for a sweeping Reformation; and that is precisely what we now demand. -William Temple Hornaday

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" I know no way of judging of the Future but by the Past ." Patrick Henry .

REPORT

of a select committee of the Senate of Ohio, in 1857, on a bill proposed to protect the passenger pigeon.

"The passenger pigeon needs no protection. Wonderfully prolific, having the vast forests of the North as its breeding grounds, traveling hundreds of miles in search of food, it is here to day and elsewhere to morrow, and no ordinary destruction can lessen them, or be missed from the myriads that are yearly produced."

"The snipe ( Scolopax wilsonii ) needs no protection.... The snipe, too, like the pigeon, will take care of itself, and its yearly numbers can not be materially lessened by the gun."

[Illustration: THE LAST LIVING PASSENGER PIGEON Now in the Cincinnati Zoological Gardens. Twenty years old in 1912. Copyright 1911, by Enno Meyer.]

THE FOLLY OF 1857 AND THE LESSON OF 1912

OUR VANISHING WILD LIFE

ITS EXTERMINATION AND PRESERVATION

BY WILLIAM T... Continue reading book >>


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