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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law (2021. Auflage)

von Mary Roach (Autor)

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Titel:Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
Autoren:Mary Roach (Autor)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2021), 320 pages
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It was not as interesting as I expected. ( )
  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
21st century, fiction, nature, biology, animals, wildlife, conservation, humor ( )
  carlosritchie | Jan 9, 2022 |
The Muslim view was not included with other religions in this book:
Abu Huraira* reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A man suffered from thirst while he was walking on a journey. When he found a well, he climbed down into it and drank from it. Then he came out and saw a dog lolling its tongue from thirst and licking the ground. The man said: This dog has suffered thirst just as I have suffered from it. He climbed down into the well, filled his shoe with water, and caught it in his mouth as he climbed up. Then he gave the dog a drink. Allah appreciated his deed, so He forgave him.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, is there a reward in charity even towards the animals for us?” The Prophet said, “Yes, in every creature with a moist liver is a reward for charity.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6009, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2244
* Abu Huraira was a reliable reporter from the companions of the prophet peace and blessings be upon him and them. Wikipedia says he was named Abu Huraira “in reference to his attachment to cats,” but the accurate story is that he raised a kitten by keeping it in his sleeve, and people started to call him thus. One of those things that has to happen to you before you understand….Abu Huraira was a source of broad Islamic science, but this would have been relevant given the book’s title. I have a sense that that kitten was the one who settled upon the reporter, not the other way around. In Islam buying and selling of pets is discouraged, putting a purely monetary value on Allah’s creation isn’t appropriate.

In Islam, if you can define “pests” as such you can exterminate them, albeit humanly and without using fire. Only Allah [The Most Glorified, the Most High] penalizes with fire. I know Muslims who will not use pest zappers because of this.

The book itself wanders at times. The ricin arguments weren’t applicable, for me, because the cases cited were of humans seeking a natural product, both separate and isolated from nature’s agency. It would have perhaps been more appropriate to say…. some plants that we as humans are often urged to eat may even contain cyanide (in the plant section), for example the seeds of some fruits. Or some other thing along the lines of the unexpected toxicity of some plants. There, it would have been nature exceeding the limits we would like it to stay within.

There is a liberal use of the theory of evolution. For one thing, the theory of evolution is just that, a theory. But more importantly, evolutionary ideas are operating on such a macro, massive level, that they are almost inhuman is span. We, humans, live for a century or so on average, why should we be repeatedly cognizant and meditative of what we ultimately will not control? “Theories” that rely largely on “belief” are ineffective “science” at best.

And yet…And yet, I might have overlooked all that, and chosen this book as ‘one of the best’ this year but for the obscenity, which for me always weighs, in measures and magnitudes, unfavorably. I nearly never can exempt it, when reading is bad for you.
  AAAO | Dec 24, 2021 |
As always, Mary Roach's writing is delightful, and she's willing to ask all of the questions that everyone else is too polite to ask.

The book veers from its original topic. Given the title, I was expecting the book to examine examples of legal cases where animals were accused of crimes, or where there was debate about whether animals were subject to human laws, such as the court case about whether a photo taken by a monkey can be copyrighted by the camera's owner. That's not what the book is about. The first few chapters are about how various law enforcement agencies deal with problems created by animals. For instance, some towns in Colorado have laws requiring business owners to keep their dumpsters locked so that bears don't get into them, but when multiple businesses have access to a dumpster, enforcing those laws is difficult. Roach explores a few similar situations where law enforcement agencies face challenges in getting humans to behave responsibly so that their actions don't attract or endanger animals.

But the bulk of the book is actually about pest control, and various approaches to keeping everything from bears to monkeys to mice away from humans and their food. Roach focuses on the search for humane methods to control animal populations, but there is also considerable discussion of what happens when humans try to kill large numbers of animals (it usually doesn't go as planned).

Roach ultimately argues that it's usually more successful to try to find ways of peacefully coexisting than to control or kill wild animals. ( )
  Gwendydd | Nov 27, 2021 |
Although I have been recommending Mary Roach for years to public library patrons looking for funny, informative, narrative nonfiction, this is the first book of hers I've read, and it was great. Roach travels and talks to experts in the field of human/wildlife interaction (and, usually, conflict), from black bears in the western United States to leopards in India to penguins and stoats in New Zealand to gulls in the Vatican. Highly amusing (especially the footnotes) and informative.

See also: Bill Bryson, Sarah Vowell, Caitlin Doughty


French doors, locked or unlocked, are so easy for black bears to open that they're known as "bear handles" and are prohibited by local building code. (44)

The philosophy behind an awareness camp is simple. If you want to get through to people, talk to them while they're relaxed and clearheaded. (65)

What causes a species to update the menu? [re: leopards in Pauri Garhwal: one theory is that they scavenged bodies during the flu pandemic of 1918] (79)

Feeding wild animals, as we know, is the quickest path to conflict. The promise of food motivates normally human-shy animals to take a risk.Shyness becomes fearlessness, and fearlessness becomes aggression. (99)

California's cougars are neither endangered nor threatened. But they are big and they are beautiful, and those are the animals people fight for hardest. (135)

...birds provide significant pest and weed control services to the farmer....based on stomach contents, "each Tufted Titmouse is worth about $2,900 to the pecan industry." (175)

Deer are crepuscular, a word born for dermatology but in fact meaning "active at dawn or dusk." (193)

If you want to communicate something to an animal, you may need to translate your message. (205)

Why would a gull do this? Was there a biological motive? Are some species just dicks? (224)

["peace dove" incident at St. Peter's Square, 2014](226)

"When it comes to wildlife issues, seems like we've created a lot of our own problems." (248)

It's just hard to know where to draw lines. What to save, and at what cost....It's hard to feel peaceful about the killing of some species in order to preserve others. (271)

[A mouse] can squeeze through an opening no bigger than its head. A motivated mouse can jump straight up to a height four times its body length. (275)

If people are able to step outside the anger, they may find that more humane approaches are also more effective. (289)

Resources for homeowners: Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) "What to Do About" series; "Living in Harmony with Wildlife" series on PETA website. ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 21, 2021 |
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