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Is hunting really threatened by animal-rights activists?

August 2002 BGH Poll:
Is hunting really threatened by animal-rights activists?

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I truly hope the animal activists NEVER get the upper hand - I cannot see myself becoming a vegetarian!

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The one thing that seems to be missing from any arguement for "banning hunting" because it is "cruel and unusual" is simply. How do these animal-rights types plan on keeping game populations in control? Without predation they will grow to become more nuiances than they are....

Or maybe they don't want to control the populations at all (some sort of grand critter eutopia) and then just let the various game populations grow until they eat themselves "out of house and home" and then die in mass by either:

-drought
-hard winter
-disease

Any way you cut the dice, the game species have to be kept within population limits. These limits can either be enforced by human hunters, other predators (aren't enough these days to do it alone), or nature/disease. Take your pick, I'll choose hunters any day, it is more ethical than the alternatives.

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These 'groups' really don't care what happens to game populations. All they want is nature to take it's course no matter what the consequences. Besides, if they ever get their way, you wont need your guns any more, will you! We have a fight a both fronts, guys and gals. If we don't think the anti hunters and gunners are working together we are all naive.

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Ontarget - do you really think its that serious? Living where I do (western Colorado) I guess I've been rather naive about how the outside world feels about guns & animal rights. Here its just a part of our life and not a big issue.

Looks like awareness of impending problems does need to be raised. Obviously if we pretend the anti 'groups' can't win - we are being naive!

So listen up everybody... get involved and voice your opinions! More importantly voice your opinions to the folks that have control over the laws that will take away our rights.

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I think the issue is very serious. It's happening one little piece at a time. Most of the population now live in the big cities and are easily swayed by these groups. All they can visualize is Bambi being blown away by some slob hunter. Unfortunately that is where most of the votes are. We have to make sure that the truth be heard as well. Pay attention to whom is running for what in your state. Know what they stand for, and get out and vote. Be assured that the anti's will!

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Well said Unit5a, I think the urbanization of America will play a huge factor in determining the future of hunting. As an individual hunter, we can all:

-vote
-hunt ethically (vast majority do anyway).

I hope that common sense will prevail on this issue.

Just playing the devil's advicate for a moment. If people are banned from hunting because it breaches the "rights" of animals. Are other predators (lions, tigers, and bears) going to be penalized (locked up, killed, removed) because their "lifestyle" breaches the "rights" of prey (deer, elk, mice)?

If not what gives a lion the "right" to hunt, kill, and consume prey; but yet a human cannot hunt these same prey?

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you bet it is. they take a little at a time
before you realize that your hunting is truly endagered. take californias ban on hunting cougars and some other states banning the use of dogs to hunt lions. sportsman must speak out. the best way is to join the us sportsman alliance http://www.wlfa.org
they were instrumental in getting ohio a dove season and trying to pass an amendment in our states constitution that would make hunting and fishing a state heritage that could not be tampered with the comings and goings of each poltitical party every 4 years.they are a very good group that does not harass you for money every week.this group does nothing but defend your right to hunt and fish. thats all they do and they
do it well. check out their website. but please fellow hunters,speak out and be proud of our group and allways be polite and understanding of land owners and the non-hunting public.

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SidebySide, thanks for posting about the US Sportman's Alliance. I had sort of heard of them before, but didn't really know what they were about. I'll check out the link...

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After reading your posts, I believe you are looking at this topic in a very limited perspective. Talking about becoming a vegetarian, keeping game populations in control and all they can visualize is Bambi being blown away by some slob hunter. The politicians must throw these groups a bone to keep them appeased so they cannot find major support from large population groups and corporate backing. Lets look at the hunting industry, a multi billion-dollar industry and all the people (tax payers) that would be affected by restricting or outlawing hunting.

Raw materials: people producing plastic, glass, iron, wood and oil would be affected.

Manufacturing: people in engineering, tool & die, printing, assembly of finished product and let’s not forget oversea imports of manufactured goods (that can have tariffs more tax dollars).

Transportation and advertising: think of all the people it takes to get that product to the stores and in your home. In addition, you must include TV hunting shows that are designed to move products and you transporting your self to your hunting area be it by car, truck ATV or airline all of them using consumables.

The list can go on and on. I personally believe that no major hunting controls can be implemented because it would be political and economic suicide.

My quote: All they can visualize is tax dollars and jobs being blown away by some slob animal-rights activists.

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Your right... the gov't will never ban it but they can make it soooo expensive that just the elite can do it. By doing that they maintain revenues and appease the animal rights groups. We, as hunters, have to stick together.

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