Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation


William T. Hornaday (Editor)

Series: Historical Manuscripts

BISAC: NAT037000

Written by natural historian William Temple Hornaday and originally published in 1913, Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation argues passionately for the importance of taking every possible effort to preserve and protect the natural world and all its animal and plant inhabitants, a theme that resonates to this day.

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Part I. Extermination

Chapter 1. Former Abundance of Wild Life

Chapter 2. Extinct Species of North American Birds

Chapter 3. The Next Candidates for Oblivion

Chapter 4. Extinct and Nearly Extinct Species of Mammals

Chapter 5. The Extermination of Species, State by State

Chapter 6. The Regular Army of Destruction

Chapter 7. The Guerrillas of Destruction

Chapter 8. The Unseen Foes of Wild Life

Chapter 9. Destruction of Wild Life by Diseases

Chapter 10. Destruction of Wild Life by the Elements

Chapter 11. Slaughter of Song-Birds by Italians

Chapter 12. Destruction of Song-Birds by Southern Negroes and Poor Whites

Chapter 13. Extermination of Birds for Women’s Hats

Chapter 14. The Bird Tragedy on Laysan Island

Chapter 15. Unfair Firearms and Shooting Ethics

Chapter 16. The Present and Future of North American Big Game—I

Chapter 17. The Present and Future of North American Big Game—II

Chapter 18. The Present and Future of African Game

Chapter 19. The Present and Future of Game in Asia

Chapter 20. Destruction of Birds in the Far East. By C. William Beebe

Chapter 21. The Savage Viewpoint of the Gunner

Part II. Preservation

Chapter 22. Our Annual Losses by Insects

Chapter 23. The Economic Value of Birds

Chapter 24. Game and Agriculture: Deer as a Food Supply

Chapter 25. Law and Sentiment as Factors In Preservation

Chapter 26. The Army of the Defense

Chapter 27. How to Make A New Game Law

Chapter 28. New Laws Needed: A Roll-Call of the States—I

Chapter 29. New Laws Needed: A Roll-Call of the States—II

Chapter 30. New Laws Needed: A Roll-Call of the States—III

Chapter 31. New Laws Needed: A Roll-Call of the States—IV

Chapter 32. Need for a Federal Migratory Bird Law, No-Sale-of-Game Law, and Others

Chapter 33. Bringing Back the Vanished Birds and Game

Chapter 34. Introduced Species That Have Been Beneficial

Chapter 35. Introduced Species That Have Become Pests

Chapter 36. National and State Game Preserves and Bird Refuges

Chapter 37. Game Preserves and Game Laws in Canada

Chapter 38. Private Game Preserves

Chapter 39. British Game Preserves in Africa

Chapter 40. Breeding Game and Fur in Captivity

Chapter 41. Teaching Wild-Life Protection to the Young

Chapter 42. Ethics of Sportsmanship

Chapter 43. The Duty of American Zoologists to American Wild Life

Chapter 44. The Greatest Need of the Cause; and the Duty of the Hour


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