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24 May

Exposing the Big Game

Words like “heritage” and “tradition” are only as good as the deeds they sanctify. That’s why there’s no Slave-trader’s Heritage Act or Indian-massacrer’s Heritage Act—society has rightfully deemed those behaviors obsolete, at best. Yet, the Safari Club, NRA and other pro-death groups are pushing the U.S. Senate to approve the “Sportsmen’s” Heritage Act of 2012.

Customs and tradition are fine until one’s undertakings result in the suffering or repression of others. When a “sportsman” tells a non-hunter, “I’m okay with you choosing not to hunt, so you should accept my choice to hunt,” it’s like an unrepentant slave owner asking an abolitionist to accept his right to keep people enslaved.

Some activities just aren’t worthy of being passed on to future generations. To enshrine hunting—the serial murder of wildlife that has led to decimation and extinction for so many—with a disgraceful act of Congress does not represent a step forward…

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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  1. Bobette Traul

    May 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    If that’s tradition- then what’s persecution?

     
    • rali74

      May 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Exactly! Most revolting practices throughout human history have been justified by using terms like “tradition” or “heritage.” When Scott Suder went on NPR to promote his wolf kill bill he had to keep talking about how hounding was a “tradition.” These buzzwords are used throughout the hunting and trapping communities. They use words like “harvest” and “take” to describe killing and then use words like “production” or even worse “recruitment” to describe animals being born. Did anyone consult the animals before they were “recruited” into this sick bloodsport?

       

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