Monday, April 16, 2007

Anti-Hunter Pilots Chopper to Disrupt Hunt

A Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) employee is under investigation by the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans for disrupting a 2007 seal hunt.

According to the Canadian Press, a HSUS helicopter pilot was reportedly scaring seals off of ice floes and into the water in an attempt to disrupt an April 5 seal hunt in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, west of Newfoundland.

“There were seal hunters in the area and the allegation is that the pilot flew his helicopter in a way that would disrupt the seal hunt,” said Department of Fisheries and Oceans spokesman Phil Jenkins.

“Anti-hunters claim to despise Canada’s seal hunt, but where would some groups be without it?” said USSA Senior Vice President Rick Story. “The seal hunt that so many groups supposedly abhor is an annual fundraiser that rakes in thousands of dollars for their organizations.”

The harp seal population is estimated at over five million and wildlife officials say the hunt is a humane, sustainable enterprise that benefits Canadian fishermen.
According to Canadian law it a felony to interfere with the lawful taking of wildlife. American or not, I hope that a Canadian court will have the guts to throw the law books at that animal rights pilot. I like the quote of USSA Senior Vice President Rick Story. This quote explains perfectly and in few words the hypocrisy on which the animal rights movement is built.

While at the one hand it is refreshing to see that authorities seem to wake up and react against animal rights activists. I am still somewhat disappointed at the lackluster attitude of governments to make some tougher laws against the animal rights movement. Especially in light of the fact that the FBI does classify various animal rights organizations as “home grown terrorism”.

As hunters and outdoor enthusiast we need to keep the pressure up on our governments to take decisive steps to curb this movement that solely exists to make money (billions) of unsuspecting people by discriminating in slanderous ways, bordering on hate mongering, against groups of society with whose activity or professions they do not agree with.

One way to make sure the animal rights are shown the door is to join a organization that works hard on our behalf and unlike other similar organizations has a long list of successes to show for. Of course I am talking about the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, one of the hardest working organizations in North America on behalf of the hunters, fishers and trappers.

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