Is Trophy Hunting a Form of Serial killing?
“In the relation between people and animals we cannot fathom the pleasure
that many people derive from inflicting suffering”. ~ Marius Donker
The Department of Natural Resources documents nearly 19,000 car-deer accidents wreaked on Wisconsin roads so far this year. 14 people died in deer/car crashes. The “9-day traditional hunt” will increase those numbers. It is part of our cost of their doing business, killing during the rut when deer are disoriented with seasonal hormones raging.
Adrenaline will also be raging as over 600,000 hunters take to the woods November 23 – December 1 to destroy over 300,000 deer. But it is just part of the September 14 to January 31 expanded deer killing opportunities: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/forecast.pdf
Add in 107 days killing geese; 60 days to kill 6 ducks per day; unlimited coyote killing year-round, statewide; quail; pheasants; crows; mourning doves; trapping mid-November throughout April – unlimited bag limits, unlimited indiscriminate traps on most public lands. 4,000 of our bears killed. A third of our wolves. It is mass murder, legalized. Sample toll here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sZHt0Vpu-SA
One overall concept should be stressed. It is our duty to stop people from deliberately causing suffering. Some people enjoy killing. It is the rest of society that has failed to say “Enough”.
The 90% of us who do not kill are disenfranchised, by design and our own neglect. We have not stood for a way to spare our animals – even on our own property as they are lured out to surrounding feed lots and lures. We need our human rights to defend us in protecting our wild neighbors. Instead we have “hunter harrassment laws” criminalizing anyone who tries.
All human “rights” are an invention of humans to serve themselves. The most organized push their exploitation into law, often against the rest of us. It is clear that animals and nature do not have any rights in this human system of laws unless we act on their behalf. It is a human responsibility to protect the vulnerable. Stop farming for deer to kill, destroying natural predators and balance. “The public is continually misled about the purpose of hunting and fed a bunch of nonsense about what “justifies” hunters in killing deer,” blogs Cheryl Abbate http://veganfeministnetwork.com/tis-the-season-of-blood-guns-violence-and-hyper-masculinity/ in ‘Tis the Season of Blood, Guns, Violence, and Hyper-masculinity.
Cathy Stepp has announced growing the deer herd another 175,000 with policies favoring killing trophy bucks to leave does to produce next year’s crop. 10% of those extra deer end up dead on the road causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in car repairs, human trauma, hospital and funeral expenses for the rest of us.
Such are the tangle of laws that entitle hunters. Hunting is one recreational private pursuit that endangers all of us. Although most of the 1000 hunter accidental shootings and killings of people in this country happen to other hunters, we are all at risk with hunting and trapping expanded to almost all public lands including state parks.
Killing is the “connection to nature” taught by the DNR.
How about introducing children to a live fawn and humane education to give them choice before they kill one?
Hunting was “harvested” with the old frontier. There should be another name for what is going on today. I found a name for it in a blog by Gareth Patterson, lion expert and conservationist (http://www.stopfunkilling.org/IS-TROPHY-HUNTING-A%20FORM-OF%20SERIAL-KILLING.html ) He writes:
“For me – and the many people who contact me to offer their support – killing innocent animals for self-gratification is no different from killing innocent people for self-gratification. By extension, then, trophy hunting – the repeated killing of wild animals – should surely be viewed as serial killing.”
He describes the similarities between joy in killing animals and the power and control addictions of serial killing humans. ( Wisconsin is infamous for producing serial killers, two who cannibalized their victims. )
Often the first murder causes feelings of revulsion and remorse. This is a initial response repeatedly described by hunters who were taught to kill as children. Patterson expands on this: “But the killing – like a dose of highly addictive drug – leads to more and more murders until the person is stopped.”
Trophy hunters are repeat hunters who often expand their recreation to other states, and many species. Hunting competitions and photo ops of organizations like Safari Club International, promote killing over 300 animals to win top prizes. Hunting magazines are filled with pictures of hunters flaunting their weapons and victims, and advertisements for canned hunts world-wide. Trophy hunters take pictures or films of the moment the animal is killed for viewing later, like pornography, for self-gratification and feeling important.
Both trophy and serial killer plan the killing in advance, enjoying stalking and choosing the site, often finding this foreplay more exciting than the actual killing. Both serial and trophy killers take trophy body parts or adornments from the bodies – like antlers, heads, skins.
“The combination of festive activities and killing breeds sadism. You should never combine torture and killing of animals with happiness, having fun & lots of alcohol, having a good time for people. Neither torturing nor killing is fun for an animal.” That is a quote from Marius Donker who wrote against causing animal suffering.
But Wisconsin’s DNR is all about causing suffering and death, terrorizing wildlife with packs of dogs, mentoring trapping, mangling and bludgeoning wildlife, combining alcohol and lots of fun killing.
We do not have a Department of anything “natural”. It has become the Department of Serial Killing.
Please contact your federal representatives to support a bill to protect grey wolves in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act here: http://action.endangered.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15666
Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. email@example.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org