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Where do you live? Here in Montgomery County, Maryland we seem to have had an unusually large number of deer killed on the Beltway this fall. Is that crueler for the deer, or would it be better to have an earlier, longer deer season, and for the county to 'thin the herd' in populated areas? Is it better for the deer to subsist in diminished habitats and starve in the winter? You write, "People who engage in the barbaric practice of hunting and trapping for no reason but a testosterone rush absent from the rest of their unevolved lives, lack the intelligence and resourcefulness...". Do you know how much money goes from the gun-owning part of the population into conservation? Even non-hunters pay a tax on the ammunition they use that goes to conservation projects. Why do non-shooter like you assign such ignorant motives to people who hunt? Couldn't it just be as simple as "meat tastes good"? Might they do it to walk in and enjoy the woods? I think you would find that hunters in fact have a very large respect for life, if you actually met one. "At judgment day, these callous, exploitative individuals will have much to answer for to the Creator." Won't we all...
Ronald, your comment shows the sort of touchy-feely ignorance that elephants in Africa are suffering for. Bachmann paid money to the guides, the porters, the places she stayed and bought food, and the State for a license. All of these entities are better off because of organized 'hunts', whether with guns or with cameras. Without this money coming in the locals will encroach into the habitat of the lions/elephants, etc. and allow poachers to kill the animals for body parts. With a wide swath of the population benefiting from the hunts, habitat is protected and the local people have an incentive to live together with the animals.
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