Overhunting has led to extinction of much of Our wildlife throughout the world, as a strong and noteworthy history prevails here. Today’s hunters, calling themselves sportsmen to mellow the effect of the term hunter (i.e. because of negative connotations directly related to hunting history) remain nothing more than re-made wannabe’s, or blowhards, thinking their tales bring them into manhood.
The price of extinction now, with the availability of current wildlife low at best, conclusively remains unacceptable to the majority. Many of this majority state clearly, to sacrifice our wildlife to hunters of today is simply disgusting and unwanted.
Examination of the Extinct Species List demonstrates beyond doubt the realm of excessive overhunts. A good example here is Lord Ripon, an Englishman and touted English Safari Club member, who died in 1923. He bragged about his kills insistently — 500,000 kills of birds and mammals. This amounts to 67 living animals for every shooting-day of his hunting life. One can only imagine the membership and how this may prevail on their mind-sets of today — being awkwardly and obviously psychopathic at best.
Fish and Wild Services – State and Federal
Excessive hunting remains a problem within our wildlife and outdoor regions, as we have not learned an adequate lesson from history yet. The Fish and Wildlife Services structure, or paradigm toward management, is based on the principle that since hunters pay for licensing, then they are the crowd to appeal toward.
Forgotten is the fact the Fish and Wildlife agency situation is predicated upon the Stewardship of our wildlife, not hunting. Management and proper techniques of fostering and protecting our wildlife is a priority and the soul source of establishing such government, both state and federal, agencies — and the majority of taxpayers do pay for this attribute.
If this has changed many taxpayers, including this taxpayer, would like to know, as we acknowledge current administrators in the Fish and Wildlife services may be misrepresenting their budgets as well as the need for this type of agency. It is not, nor ever has been, an agency to provide sportsmen with easier or more plentiful hunts; rather, a thorough management of wildlife! Not management toward extinction, then move-on to another species for extinction, as long as the hunters or sportsman lobby groups are happy!
A survey of Americans find that the acceptable practice of hunting for meat obtained large approval ratings; But these same people, 80% of them condemned trophy hunting.
The fact is throughout history the most sought after animals for a trophy, or today a photo and let the animal rot afterwards, are all endangered species. Not so surprising is the fact that these most sought after species are also the more refined of each species; in another words, these are made up of those animals that should be left to maintain the genetic strength of that particular species.
The Safari Club
The Safari Club, one of many hunters for animal-trophy’s clubs, has a distasteful history at best, especially when dealing with wildlife and Extinct Species. In 1978, for example, the Safari Club International applied to have 1,120 endangered animals shipped to the United States — putting them in pins and shooting them for trophy’s to hang on their walls. When the general Public found out about this situation, the outcry tremendous, and the application pulled.
The Safari Club done the same thing in 1982, kept it quiet, and were successful in acquiring importation of Leopard trophies — yes, pinned and shot from a safe distance, the head stuffed and hung on their walls. The particular species of Leopard they imported is now Extinct, none exist on the face of this planet any longer what so ever. It is gone forever!
Today they want to do similar activity! Other legislation that is critical to sportsmen includes: H.R. 1818 (Young-AK) and S. 847 (Crapo-ID) allowing the importation of a small number of already harvested polar bears; H.R. 1819 (Young-AK) reinstating sustainable use importation of polar bears by U.S. citizens; and H.R. 322 (Miller-FL) protecting traditional hunting and
fishing equipment and other policy issues important to all hunters.” Traditional activity must be questioned here, as their traditional activity has led to many wildlife Extinctions, as outlined on the Extinct Species Lists — Once again, history is quite clear about this.
Jim Hastings described these hunts the best. “They take a hunter, normally a pot-bellied slob with a high-powered hunting rifle and scope, roll him in the dirt a little bit, then point him toward the hay or grain pile at the other side of the pin. They had fed the trophy animal from this pile the past few days, so it will wander over to feed. The hunter in the dirt not more than 40 yards or 50 yards away. He then scopes the animal, then shoots it. The animal is then sent to be stuffed, and the hunter receives the head, or whole animal at home, stuffed, within two or three weeks.” This is not hunting!!!!!
It is plain to observe when we look at any sportsmen lobby groups tenacity, to pass a legislative action, that their history must be observed. History shows they are not conservationists, as they would like people to believe. History shows, and demonstrates, they will directly apply toward, then receive under false pretense, government support for their hunting, and under certain circumstances we must question their term hunting to mean —
History shows their landscape of destruction involves irresponsible conduct and the making of Extinct Species by means not only distasteful, but disgusting as well. Without a doubt, these supposed hunters, could care less, these supposed conservationist, could care less. In reality they do nothing more than liquidate wildlife in a callous manner to the extreme of Extinction.
This is all recorded facts, well documented, throughout the past and involves the current century. A good example today is the massacre of wolves taking place as this article is being written. No more excuses, the hunting of this type must STOP!
May 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Federal Wildlife Services makes a killing in animal-control business
By Tom Knudson
Published: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 – 1:37 pm
Since 2000, the number of Canada geese killed by Wildlife Services has more than tripled from 7,500 to 23,700 last year.
May 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm
Sierra Club supports wild horse roundup in Nevada (2010)
January 16, 2010
By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Writer
RENO (AP) — Two environmental groups are joining ranchers in an unusual coalition supporting the government’s contentious removal of about 2,500 wild horses from the range north of Reno.
The Sierra Club and Friends of Nevada Wilderness, which have been at odds with ranchers on past issues, agree with the need for the ongoing roundup of mustangs in the Calico Mountain Complex.
The organizations, in a joint news release with the sportsmen groups
SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
and Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife, said an over-population of mustangs is harming native wildlife and the range itself.
Sierra Club spokeswoman Tina Nappe of Reno said a mustang can consume up to 26 pounds of forage a day and arid rangelands can’t produce enough food for them.
May 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm
The killing agency: Wildlife Services’ brutal methods leave a trail of animal death
By Tom Knudson
Published: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 20, 2012 – 1:11 pm
First of three parts
The day began with a drive across the desert, checking the snares he had placed in the sagebrush to catch coyotes.
Gary Strader, an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, stepped out of his truck near a ravine in Nevada and found something he hadn’t intended to kill.
There, strangled in a neck snare, was one of the most majestic birds in America, a federally protected golden eagle.
“I called my supervisor and said, ‘I just caught a golden eagle and it’s dead,’ ” said Strader. “He said, ‘Did anybody see it?’ I said, ‘Geez, I don’t think so.’
“He said, ‘If you think nobody saw it, go get a shovel and bury it and don’t say nothing to anybody.’ ”
“That bothered me,” said Strader, whose job was terminated in 2009. “It wasn’t right.”
Strader’s employer, a branch of the federal Department of Agriculture called Wildlife Services, has long specialized in killing animals that are deemed a threat to agriculture, the public and – more recently – the environment.
Since 2000, its employees have killed nearly a million coyotes, mostly in the West. They have destroyed millions of birds, from nonnative starlings to migratory shorebirds, along with a colorful menagerie of more than 300 other species, including black bears, beavers, porcupines, river otters, mountain lions and wolves.
May 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm
There’s $o much….where do we start? Having just come into this in 2009, thinking that our Wild Horses and Burros were safe…..
MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2007
Hunting for Horses?
Former big game management plans and introductions have rarely impacted livestock grazing or their allocations on public lands but have often resulted in devastating impacts to wild horse and burro allowable population levels – consider it the newest way wild horses and burros are being “hunted to extinction” in the West.
Most big game species have already been issued special management designations such as Priority, Special Status, or Sensitive Species categorizations that result in wild horse and burro populations being subordinated to these prime hunting species. Despite their federally protected status, many wild horse and burro herds have been totally zeroed out for exclusive big game use and expansions.
Southern California’s last herd of 29 wild horses were zeroed out in 2004 to “protect” big horn sheep, the Clark Mountain burros along the Southern California/Nevada border, a documented 400-year old herd and one of the last remaining wild burro herds in the entire state of California, was also zeroed out this January. One of the major reasons cited as supporting the decision to eliminate them was the allocation of water for exclusive bighorn sheep use. (6)
The controversial and historic Sheldon Refuge wild horses and burros are being targeted for unfair management practices in favor of valuable “native” hunting species. Refuge managers state the need to protect big game species as the priority, citing the Refuge’s primary purpose was established to protect and preserve pronghorn antelope. However, a lot has changed since the 1930’s when national pronghorn estimates hovered around 26,000. (7) Today, Nevada’s pronghorn population is estimated at 23,500, the highest ever recorded (8) and in 2002, the nationwide pronghorn population was estimated at over 600,000. (9)
If you just look at the surface, it seems like a good idea. Why wouldn’t we want more big game species on public lands? They are beautiful to watch and hunting is a very popular past time for many Americans. But if one digs a little deeper, it becomes apparent, it’s not about wildlife, it’s about hunting revenue and lots of it!
May 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm
I personally know this gentleman and he is perhaps the most in depth researcher I know. What he writes is based in fact and validated by references both legal and historical!.Way to go!
May 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm
And in Texas….this battle is still raging. The Wild Burros have been migrating for centuries, yet they are categorized as “non-native” by State Park officials. The REAL problem appears to be that the Burros alert the bighorn sheep (garnered from the many comments in articles), and spoil all of the fun. Although there is no conclusive data on this, it makes perfect sense and one could easily see how this could pose a problem for “hunters” who have paid big bucks to bag a trophy:
More excerpts from AMERICAN HERDS:
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2007
Big Bending The Rules….
On December 6, 2007, a recent shocking investigative report by Sterry Butcher was published in the Texas Big Bend Sentinel outlining the cold-hearted inhumane killing of centuries old wild burros in Big Bend State Park, the corruption and cover-up of animal cruelty charges of the high-ranking State Park officials that did it and retaliation against the Parks Superintendent, Luis Armenndariz, who spoke out against the killings.
Big Bend Ranch employee, Samuel Marquez told investigators “The burros were not hurting anything” and he should know, since he’s travels the Park on a daily basis but that won’t stop big game enthusiasts posing as environmental experts from lying about their impact to promote the introduction of bighorn sheep – they hope to harvest the bighorn for big bucks in the near future.
Wild burros are not even listed on the State Parks Wildlife Nuisance Species list but you can bet that’s about to change to help cover their own asses while they kill ours!
Park officials also try to legitimize shooting the Big Bends burros by quoting an environmental organization’s “policy” as to why they are authorized to exterminate wild burros, specifically the Sierra Club’s long-standing orders that wild burros will not be tolerated due to their non-native status while supporting their “humane removals via firearms” to garner more bighorn sheep habitat.
May 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm
Thank you Louie for your information and YOU ARE RIGHT ON.
May 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm
mstorace, MY PLEASURE!
Time is short and we must share information as fast as we can.
June 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm
This court battle is still going.
During the summer of 2010, Plaintiffs (In Defense of Animals, Barbara Clarke, Linda Hay, Dreamcatcher Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary, and Chad Hanson) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the BLM from conducting a wild horse round up in the Twin Peaks HMA. The Eastern District Court (Judge Morrison C. England, Junior) denied Plaintiffs’ motion to stop the roundup. Plaintiffs have appealed this ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals outlining requested remedies including returning the removed horses to the HMA. The BLM captured 1,799 wild horses and burros in Twin Peaks, permanently removing 1,740 of them from the range in what was largest roundup of wild horses and burros in California’s history. The BLM intended to round up 100% of the animals and remove 80% – this action was unprecedented for the Twin Peaks HMA. On January 4, 2011, the Ninth Circuit denied the hunting association Safari Club International and the Safari Club International Foundation their motion to intervene – which meant they were not permitted to participate in opposing the appeal.
June 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm
Be There for Your Twin Peaks Wild Horses and Burros
The Twin Peaks HMA court case is “alive and well” and the hearing has been set for August 29th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Pasadena, CA at the 9th Circuit courthouse located at 125 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena CA. Directions can be found on the 9th Circuit website http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/information/locations.php
The Twin Peaks wild horses and burros need you there!
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was unanimously enacted in 1971 to protect wild horses and burros in the West “in order to enrich the lives of the American people”, mandating that they are to be “protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”
photo by Linda Hay
This Twin Peaks Stallion “ACE” was captured at least three times by the BLM in 2002, 2006 and again in 2010. He has been both branded and harassed by the BLM.
This photo was taken of him in 2009 in the Twin Peaks HMA before he was captured for the last time during the 2010 roundup. Today he is alive and well and is willing to be the first horse, of the 1,791 Twin Peaks Wild Horses and Burros which were illegally removed by BLM, to be returned to their home land … when this case is won.
Please attend the hearing on August 29, 2013
July 2, 2013 at 12:12 am
by Alicia Graef June 26, 2013
State officials in Montana are reviewing a proposed ballot initiative that would bring the issue of trapping on public lands in the state to voters.
According to Footloose Montana, thousands of leghold traps, body-crushing Conibear traps and snares are legally set on public lands and along waterways that kill an estimated 50,000 animals every season – and those are only the ones that are reported.
The actual number of animals that fall prey to traps is believed to be much higher because there is no reporting requirement for commonly trapped species, including beaver, coyote, red fox, raccoon and skunk. Most regulations in the state also only apply to animals that are considered furbearers and quotas exist for only a few species. There is otherwise no limit on how many animals can be trapped and killed.
The proposal to ban traps, submitted by Footloose Montana, would make it illegal to trap or attempt to trap animals and game birds on public lands, including public lands leased to private parties, reports the Missoulian. If the proposal is approved, trapping opponents will need to get 24,175 signatures to get the issue on the 2014 ballot.
A similar attempt failed in 2010, but the state’s first wolf trapping season brought widespread attention to the issue this past hunting season — of the 225 wolves killed in the state, 97 of them fell victims to traps — while additional concerns about trapping wolverines have also been raised. Montana is also the only state with wolverines that still allows trapping them, despite their low numbers.
Aside from pointing out the inherent cruelty of catching an animal in a trap and leaving it to suffer, opponents also argue that trappers in Montana aren’t required to check their traps within a certain time period or put up signs warning people about trap locations, which causes additional suffering to animals and increases the risks for people and pets.
Unfortunately, wild animals aren’t the only ones stirring debates over trapping and lax regulations. Along with other species, 55 dogs were also caught this year, which also helped bring the issue into the public spotlight.
George Pauley, the Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) wildlife management chief told the Independent Record that about 50 dogs get caught each season and that although there’s been an increase in awareness, this years numbers were nothing new.
In a possible attempt to get ahead of a ballot initiative, the state is considering a separate proposal to ban trapping within 300 feet of some popular trails, while trapping supporters fight to save what they call a “cultural, economic and recreational activity” for some and a management tool for the state. The FWP will be accepting public comments on trap setbacks until July 22.
Trapping opponents don’t believe increasing setbacks goes far enough and that trapping on public land at all continues to pose a potentially cruel and unnecessary threat to wildlife, people and pets.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/debate-over-trapping-grows-in-montana.html#ixzz2XqGYykIf