“Well, everything in God’s garden is available to us.”
Those are the words of Dave Swanson of the Green Bay Duck Hunters Association speaking about the proposed sandhill crane hunting season for an article in today’s Wisconsin State Journal.
This is the mindset that we are dealing with. People like Swanson think they have a spiritual imperative to kill what ever they want because it is part of “God’s garden.” This is not the first time that I have heard this argument used to justify recreational hunting and trapping. Personally, I think that people like these are just using that argument as spiritual cover for their bloodlust.
Another argument that is being used by proponents of crane killing is that they damage untreated crops. This response from Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation lobbyist Paul Zimmerman also came from the Wisconsin State Journal article:
“Zimmerman said hunting offers a means of controlling population growth and gives hunters “another recreational opportunity.”
That sums it up. The killing of sandhill cranes is just another recreational opportunity for hunters in Wisconsin.
Remember the Conservation Congress Election is Monday April 9th (tomorrow) in every county in the state. The issue of a sandhill crane hunting season is one of the questions to be voted on. Hunters and trappers have controlled this group for the past 80 years. This is a PUBLIC event and it is NOT just for hunters and trappers. Please show up tomorrow at your local meeting and remind them they WE are the majority in this state and to vote against their animal killing agenda.