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Hunters: get your head out of the sand

February 28, 2009
By KENNETH COBB, For The Inter-Mountain

Approximately two years ago, I had an article in The Inter-Mountain about the anti-hunting movement in this country and others parts of the world. I emphasized near the end of the article "that the threat to sport hunting had never been greater than now."

We all know the United States is under new leadership. Several animal rights groups gave our new president considerable support during the presidential campaign of 2008. I expect they will be soon calling on him to support legislation that favors their cause.

This is the time for all people who like to hunt to get their heads out of the sand and get involved. These anti-hunting groups or animal rights organizations would like everyone to believe that all animals have the same rights as people. Such organizations like to distort the subject matter to the extent that it is difficult to distinguish the difference between right and wrong.

If we think about the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Organization train of thought, then domesticated pets and farm animals are enslaved. They have no choice in the matter of whether they stay home or run wild. The owner determines where they live, when and what they eat, where they can go to the bathroom, etc.

I, by no means, am opposed to anyone having pets. I only want to point out the flaws in such logic often used by animal rights organizations.

Another level of animal rights thinking is somewhat frightening. PETA thinks that all animals should be left alone; and the government should tell us to be vegetarians and domestic cows, hogs, chickens, and turkeys should never be killed for any reason.

On the subject of deer or venison as food, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) says, "for most hunted animals . . . use for food is minimal and the expense of equipment far outweighs the value of any food that is obtained. For the vast majority of hunters, hunting is recreation, not a means of gathering food."

These people must have never sat down to a great venison meal with all the trimmings.

People who like to hunt need to do more than become members of the National Rifle Association and complain about anti-hunting groups at a bar, barbershop, bowling alley, or poolroom. They need to be involved with educating non-hunters about this noble sport. If they choose not to, then too many non-hunters will start thinking like the groups who want to abolish this sport.

"A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy." Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, made this statement in public. Their voices are emerging in religious circles as a major force behind the animal rights movement. They believe that animals are equal to humans in significance and stature, that all animals are of the same family, and they are our brothers and sisters with equal rights.

Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer for HSUS, has boastfully made these statements in public:

"Our goal is to get sport hunting in the same category as cock fighting and dog fighting."

"If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would."

You might like to know HSUS raises more than $60 million each year and has total assets of more than $100 million. This is a lot of revenue in support of their crusade to achieve this goal.

This is the time for sport hunters to unite and work together to protect the hunting heritage that has been a tradition longer than the United States of America has been a country.



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