the Big Game
The stark reality is this: National Wildlife “Refuges” were originally set up to serve as “duck factories” for the hunting and trapping industries, along with opportunities for livestock grazing.
A friend asked me how I would respond to someone who wrote this: “Hunters
started the conservation movement in the early part of the last century, and
in the United States are the largest financially contributing group to
Wildlife Restoration and Conservation.”
My answer?: The only reason hunters got involved is that they’d overhunted so many species practically to extinction and they wanted to save their sport. John Muir and others were around in the 1800s, selflessly speaking for wildlife and against hunting.
And, as another commenter to this blog just pointed out: “The stark reality is this: National Wildlife “Refuges” were originally set up to serve as “duck factories” for the hunting & trapping industries, along with opportunities for livestock grazing.”
Before hunters go around tooting their own horns, they should consider the motives behind their actions. If they’re ultimately self-serving, they are not necessarily all that praiseworthy. Don’t let hunters ‘shit you, an overblown sense of entitlement is not the same as a selfless environmental ethic.
Wolf Photos Copyright Jim Robertson, Animals in the Wild
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