Environmental and Animal Groups: Views on Hunting

What an eye opener. Just reading down the list of green groups who support hunting, or don’t oppose it, is mind boggling!

Please do yourself a favor and click on the link and read through the complete list. You will be shocked. At the very least you’ll know what orgs to donate your dollars to and who not to. Lord!

Exposing the Big Game

Introduction

There are a number of local, state, national and international organizations that publicly concern themselves with caring for animals and protecting the environment. Some have their foundations a century ago or longer (such as Audubon Society in the late 1800s), while others are relatively new to the scene (such as Love Canada Geese in 2005). Among these groups are several that clearly state their opposition to any form of hunting (particularly the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting), while others publicly align themselves with hunters (including The Wilderness Society ). Some organizations have chosen to maintain a neutral or “apolitical” stance with regard to hunting, or take exception to particular types of hunting or targets of hunting (such as Defenders of Wildlife, which focuses much of its effort on ending aerial hunting of wolves) but typically do not address the broader ecological impact of hunting.

Purpose

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  1. I AM ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED THAT THE “DEFENDERS OFWILDLIFE” ARE NOT OPPOSED TO THE “ECOLOGICAL IMPACT OF ALL HUNTING”! I WOULD HAVE SWORN THAT THEY WERE AGAINST ALL HUNTING!
    IT IS A GOOD THING THAT I DO NOT DONATE TO THEM.

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  2. Oopsy – DofW letter stating they supported wolf -hunting vanished before I could print & share ~ I saw it as many others did but not enough ~ donations to them ended – Keep Fighting, Pack Members!!!

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  3. http://idahoptv.org/outdoors/shows/wolvesinidaho/Sstone.cfm

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    • Thank you amanda_m. The paragraphs below were the most telling.


      So is there a scenario in which Defenders of Wildlife could accept the concept of a hunt for wolves?

      Yeah, it’s one of the biggest misconceptions that we have to deal with, is that we are an animal rights organization, and we’re not. You know, we have a very science-based agenda. Overall, we see managing wolves as part of managing all kinds of wildlife, just as we would recommend for elk, for deer, for mountain lions and bears. Just, we want to make sure that the population is healthy enough in the long term that it can be sustained at the numbers that we do other species.

      But because we’ve been involved in litigation, it’s hard for people to understand that we do support delisting, but under the conditions that would allow the wolf population to remain safe over the long term and not have to go back and see this population crash and try to have to recover it again.

      One of the first things that we did when Secretary Salazar came into office was to send him a letter saying that we wanted to reach out to the other stakeholders. That there needed to be conflict resolution here in the region over this issue, and that we thought bringing the ranching community, the hunters together, along with the conservationists, that we could work with the agencies to develop a good solid science-based wolf management plan for delisting. And that request was completely ignored.”

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  4. “Hunter Led War on Wildlife”: I would add ranchers and wildlife agencies: Hunters and trappers have been calling themselves conservationists lately a lot it seems. They cite early conservationists and early efforts to save game species (birds and ungulate herds) and fishes and on-going efforts to save game animals (killing targets for sportsmen). Some early “hunter-trapper conservationists” of considerable note were early pioneers in conservation: Teddy Roosevelt was one but he also founded numerous national parks and wildlife refuges to protect wildlife from hunter-trapper sportsmen. Aldo Leopold was one, hunter and naturalist, who became more enlightened about protecting the wolf and other predators and their place in the ecology. George Grinnell was one and also founded national parks including Glacier. I have met and know some hunters that like a balanced ecology of predators and prey, a true wilderness in which to hunt, and who disagree with trophy hunting and are even disgusted by it– and one who compares killing wolves to shooting his neighbor’s German Shepherd. But such hunter-sportsmen are far from often on the landscape; most have a very irrational, uniformed, visceral hate of wolves in particular and predators in general and want to minimize, marginalize, or exterminate them and essentially farm ungulates and game birds. Some even hate raptors who take “their” birds and their fish, as they view ungulates as “their” elk or deer. Most sportsmen and state wildlife agencies, it seems, want to marginalize the main predators (wolf, lion, grizzly). Nebraska only has about 70 cougars yet is embarking on a vigorous “management” campaign, as is SD with only 170 cougars. Alaska is killing wolves just outside national parks; Denali National Park has loss 2/3 of it’s’ wolves negatively affecting wolf watching opportunities. Since wolves have been turned over to state “management” 2700 wolves have been killed plus another 3435 by the rogue USDA Wildlife Services which kills 4 million animals a year in the name of control. Organizations of sportsmen such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has given money for anti-wolf programs, recently $25,000 to MT FWP for wolf “management”, and has offered bounties and cooperative agreements with agencies for wolf killing and the Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife recently donated $15,000 to Wildlife Services USDA, a renegade killing wildlife agency that kills (shoots, traps, poisons) over 4 million animals annually. Sportsmen organizations are silent on predators if not unashamedly hostile but loud on protecting and farming game species. There are wildlife killing contests going on all over the USA and in some places, like TX, weekly. Hunters even call these killing contests conservation, killing coyotes for instance to save deer. States like ID-MT-WY-WI-MI have vigorous unscientific, political drive-down-the-wolf-population policies, trapping, extended seasons, and liberal kill policies year around. Much of this wildlife killing is done by trapping, a barbaric, horrendous way to kill and mostly unjustified. Trapping on public land is mostly done for “recreational” sports killing, the fur trade, trophies, with little regard for ecology and the interests of the general public, wildlife viewing, safety of the general public, and it takes a large toll in collateral damage to non-targeted animals, and is overly touted as need to control. There is some need for handling “nuisance animals” but the notion is abused by too little hesitation to evaluate the need, too little scientific management, too little nonlethal means used; basically trapping is a quick draw response and such a barbaric, inherently cruel means of “management” it should be under tight scrutiny with a public panel oversight and used only by wildlife agencies sparingly. There are around 7000 trappers in Montana alone doing it mostly for the fur trade and recreation.

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    • ROGER –
      Thanks for the info about MT FWP!

      I have an opportunity over the coming months, and information posted, Nabeki and everyone, will help (no publishing of email address here, of course, N. understands the problem).

      The FWP site is quite open about their desire to accommodate hunting and hunting groups, and publicly states that MT policy is only to keep wolf populations above numbers which will reinstate federal ESA protections.
      Although they are busy due to their upcoming killing season, I need to hear from and/or about MT individuals and groups concerning

      1. ANY Local disagreement with DFW policy
      2. Any scientific study group researching the wolf losses – pack dissolution, fragmentation, etc. -any university or other study

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  5. The arrogance of this culture continues to astound me. Who among us has attained the lofty position of being able to decide how many of of a certain species should live or die? None of these groups that support “sport” hunting, nor any of our so-called “leaders,” ever talk about the destructive impact of 7 billion humans on the planet, and the need to control the human population. Our irrational and insatiable need to dominate and control will one day catch up to us, and that day cannot come too soon for me.

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    • Thank you Joanne Favazza for your beautifully said statement. You took the words right out of my mouth.

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  6. Ugh Wildearth Guardians “proactively trained cougar hunters to avoid female cougars from being overhunted”? It hurts to think I gave them my money! Nature deserves better than these compromises!

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  7. I also feel ill thinking of the $100’s I donated to DOW- all for a mission I truly believed was to save wolves. Thank you Roger for an informative post. The rationalization that sport hunting is in some parallel universe considered conservation is extremely painful to hear. It is at the point at which I can no longer speak rationally writing protest letters to these agencies. The intent to control and dominate, to eradicate predators will backfire. It has already been demonstrated that absence of predators causes a serious decline in the health of ecosystems. Eventually these sadists will have no wildlife to hunt, I wonder what then they will choose for targets. Rather I shudder to think. Where is the sanity?

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  8. There are many more anti-sport hunting than these two. Certainly PeTA, etc.
    http://www.bornfreeusa.org/articles.php?more=1&p=395
    http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/index.html

    Listen to the attorney in PA on the video here:
    http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/cc2010-fa-2d-panel-01.html
    This is certainly a first step – getting rid of the hunter harassment laws, in every state which has them.

    Only with perseverance can we end pleasure killing.
    Back soon, and thank you ALL for your efforts and perseverance in the FUTURE!

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