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date: 24 January 2020

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This chapter, first, looks critically at reasons offered for a renewed interest in hunting, which are shared by locavores. These involve considerations of health, animal suffering, and transparency. Second, reasons are examined for hunting for meat that contrast with and go beyond buying local meat. There is an emphasis among the new hunters on the ethical importance of actually killing and butchering animals oneself, the kind of gratitude and respect this entails, and the do-it-yourself virtue of sustenance, activities not typically available to meat buyers. Third, two criticisms of local food assumptions are extended to apply to locavore sustenance hunting: (1) they remain merely personal ethical responses to food systems and (2) they continue to endorse an ecologically uninformed concept of “nature” and “wildness.” Fourth, it is argued that to overcome these criticisms, new hunters must accept and become part of the broader community of ecologically motivated conservationists.

Keywords: hunting, locavores, ethics, killing, sustenance

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