On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

Corwin tells the story of the Maasai of Kenya, whose culture involved disdain for and slaughter of lions. When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent. I know he's a conservationist, therefore I know he will advocate for "managing" the "resources" that are sentient nonhumans. And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations. This is all very unveganly, but I went for it nevertheless.