Animal Rights Activists On Game Commission?
By Todd Helms
Plato once said, “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” That statement is being played out in states like Colorado and Washington who are building the blueprint for others to follow; looking at you California, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon.
“The appointment of Colorado commissioners who represent animal welfare constituencies aligns with a similar shift in Washington State’s Fish and Wildlife Commission, which has a majority of what might be called “mutualists,” members who de-emphasize traditional hunting and angling in favor of using predators to manage ungulate populations, among other core values. The Washington commission is mulling a policy change that runs counter to many of the established tenants of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, in which hunters and anglers pay much of the cost of science-based resource management.”
Uh, anyone else see a big, fat, hairy problem with this? I’ve speculated for years but never wanted to cave to my conspiracy theorist tendencies; predator reintroduction’s overarching goal is to eliminate the need for hunters to manage wildlife populations. . . well, guess I was right.
“Ultimately, hunters aren’t really necessary to manage wildlife, Kevin Bixby told Outdoor Life last year. Bixby is the executive director of Wildlife For All, a New Mexico-based group that’s pushing for state wildlife reform, with roots in animal-rights, rewilding, and deep ecology campaigns.”
Believe them when they tell you who they are and what they’re about! I really wish I was wrong about my prediction but it appears I wasn’t and I’m afraid it doesn’t end there. With hunters and hunting eliminated and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation dismantled the path is paved for the elimination of our 2nd Amendment rights as well.
This fight is real and if you’re not supporting groups like Dallas Safari Club, Sportsmen’s Alliance, Mule Deer Foundation, RMEF, Ducks Unlimited and 2nd Amendment advocacy groups you need to be. If you’re not actively participating in the preservation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation through volunteering, serving on boards, going to public meetings, voicing opinions and being civically engaged in general, you are part of the problem!
The only way we nip this agenda in the bud and save the future of hunting and REAL science-based conservation/wildlife management is to get involved at every level and take control before it is too late.
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