Eating Aliens

Eating Aliens

One Man's Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species

Book - 2012
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North America is under attack by a wide range of invasive animals, pushing native breeds to the brink of extinction. Combining thrilling hunting adventures, a keen culinary imagination, and a passionate defense of the natural environment, Eating Aliens chronicles Landers' quest to hunt 12 invasive animal species and turn them into delicious meals. Get ready to dig into tacos filled with tasty black spiny-tailed iguana!
Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781612120270
Characteristics: xii, 226 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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FindingJane Sep 08, 2015

Mr. Landers makes a great case for the hunting and eating of “alien” animals. No matter how much vegans, vegetarians or PETA might decry humans killing animals, their arguments carry little weight when placed alongside the real and grim dangers of foreign animals that are destroying their habitat, endangering native species and wreaking general havoc on the ecosystem, simply because we’ve taken them where they don’t belong.

It’s mainly humans who are to blame when animals are removed from their natural habitats and set loose on unsuspecting animals in another region. When humans create such problems, it’s up to humans to fix them. And what other use can be made when these animals are killed? Throwing them in landfills? Dumping their carcasses in the ocean?

The answer, it would seem, is to eat these kills and it’s hard to argue against this solution. Mr. Landers’s book therefore outlines his many adventures and tribulations as he traveled around the world seeking out and hunting these various creatures. It wasn’t just beasts who gave him trouble; sometimes he ran into the brick walls that are federal, state and city laws, most of them designed to save jobs rather than the animals.

From his vain attempts to capture the wily snakefish to his ludicrous and amusing tale of wrestling an incensed Canadian goose, Mr. Landers amuses and educates at once. He offers an eye-opening viewpoint in the arguments, pro and con, about killing animals for food. Regardless of where you come down on the question, “Eating Aliens” is a compelling book.

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ClaireM_W
Jun 12, 2013

A good idea. Nothing clears out a species faster than westerners putting it on their menus. The author deserves reading because he actually eats a sample of each species he talks about, and sure enough, most taste a little like chicken. No sarcasm intended.

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