Why did I love this book?
We love wild animals, right? We love to see or go into the wilderness. But what makes wilderness wilderness, and how wild is wild? If and every California condor is bred in captivity, are those animals wild? When a rat is living on an island and threatening seabirds, is it right to drop tons of poison, and kill thousands of rats, to save 100 chicks? And whether it’s right or wrong, whose decision is it to make? Emma Marris tackles these questions with science, ethics, and beautiful, clear, sweeping prose, and comes to her own philosophical conclusions. This book helped me to form my own thoughts about how to tackle the ethical questions of pests, and her writing is an inspiration all on its own.