A Mindful Carnivore
Tovar Cerulli is what he calls a “mindful carnivore” – a vegan-turned-hunter who writes about his adventures with and thoughts on hunting and animals at his blog: http://www.tovarcerulli.com/blog/, and in his new book “The Mindful Carnivore, A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance“.
I met Tovar through email a while back; he contacted me regarding a blog post I had written in response to his article about white-tailed deer and hunting in Mass Wildlife’s magazine. His article discussed the over-abundance of white-tailed deer here in Massachusetts, and I wrote a response agreeing that hunting was a good method of population control, but that he didn’t talk about the lack of large predators in MA as one reason (though not the only) for their high population numbers. And the idea that although controversial, large predator re-introduction ought to be part of a conversation around white-tailed deer population control. It’s worth noting that ideas regarding wolf re-introduction are shifting as we learn more about eastern wolves and their history here in the northeast, but a discussion of their role is still important.
Anyhow, after a ridiculously lengthy delay I emailed Tovar to thank him for his thoughtful reply to my article, and took some time to visit his blog and read his writing – much to my delight. Tovar is an insightful and engaging author and I thoroughly enjoyed the many essays of his that I read on hunting at his blog. I strongly urge you to visit and read some of what he’s written, and to get a copy of his book when it comes out (not sure how I’m going to manage that since I’ve joined the Compact – it might have to wait until next year). Everyone could benefit from listening to his views on food, hunting and animals, whether you agree with him or not. As a society we ought to be thinking and talking about where our food comes from and why – Tovar goes a long way towards getting us started.