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Ben O'Brien

Ben O'Brien

Ben O’Brien is a writer, editor, host of The Hunting Collective podcast, a member of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Board of Directors, and MeatEater’s Director of Hunting.

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Lab-Grown Meat is Here to Stay and It Might Change Everything

Animal Rights

Lab-Grown Meat is Here to Stay and It Might Change Everything

Right now, in advanced laboratories across the world, meat is being grown outside the body of an animal. Petri dishes are packed tight with a stringy red substance that has the look, feel, and maybe even taste of a real burger. Back in 2013, Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University introduced...
Ego, Money, Smiles and Outrage: The Mainstream Media’s Trophy Hunting Doctrine

Animal Rights

Ego, Money, Smiles and Outrage: The Mainstream Media’s Trophy Hunting Doctrine

Back in 2013, outdoors TV host and personality Melissa Bachman legally killed a lion in South Africa during a guided hunt in the Maroi Conservancy. For her, there was a big reason to celebrate. She shared photos on social media of her sitting behind the dead lion along with the caption: “An...