TRH: "You are challenging our right to hunt. This is wrong in
AM: "Just as I am challenging the
long-standing Oriental tradition and 'right' to use animal parts for
medicine, an effort that hunters support."
TRH: "You are lumping us law-abiding hunters in with lawless
AM: "Law is a human concept. Where the
bears are concerned, hunting and poaching are both killing. And where
bear conservation is concerned, it is the total number of bears killed,
hunted and poached. By the way, do you use baits when bear hunting
TRH: "Of course not. It is illegal, and not right."
AM: "Baiting is legal in Washington
state. Does that make it right to do it there
TRH: "Hunters are the only true and effective conservationists."
AM: "There are two kinds of
conservationists - those who conserve so that they could continue to
have animals to kill, and those who conserve for the sake of the planet,
and protect wildlife for its own sake. Once the latter have arisen as of
the 60s, the former can no longer claim to be “true”.
TRH: "Hunting is good is keeping animal herds healthy.
AM: "Unlike other predators, who go after
the weakest prey, thus genetically strengthening the prey species,
hunters go after the most magnificent specimens, thus weakening the
species. You are talking about quantity, but I‘m talking about quality."
TRH: "If you get rid of bear hunting, there'll be a bear
AM: "There has never been any bear
population explosion over the eons, before or after we humans came on
the scene. Natural biological controls, such as food shortages, lower
birth rate and intraspecies competition and predation will keep the
population level steady."
TRH: "You should go after the Asians and their use of bear parts,
not us hunters."
AM: "My very first campaign was to target
the Chinese community in North America regarding their use and trade of
bear parts, and tiger parts, and rhino parts... Regarding hunters, are
not bear head and hide also bear parts?"
TRH: "Hunting is not killing; it goes way beyond that. It's a
form of communing with nature. I can't expect you to understand."
AM: "Hunting is not killing? Some humans
may buy that argument, but not the bears. It's not necessary to kill in
order to commune with nature. Try camping or wildlife photography."
TRH: "Hunters are the anti-poaching field force. We are the eyes
and ears for the conservation officers."
AM: "Relying on hunters to watch out for
poachers is like letting wolves safeguard sheep from coyotes. Hikers and
campers have eyes and hears too. Further, if Grizzly bear hunting is
banned, then anyone caught killing a Grizzly would be a poacher."
TRH: "We humans are and have always been predators. To hunt is to
AM: “Tigers are more predatory than humans, but a tiger that is
not hungry does not hunt. Evidently, we humans have more blood lust than
even tigers. Please be honest. Recreational hunters hunt primarily for
entertainment, not for food.
TRH: "Many interior and northern towns economically depend on
AM: "Eco-tourism and wildlife viewing have
time and again proven more beneficial both in terms of economy and