Hunters have long used blatant lies to pacify public anger and to
manipulate people into believing that their serial killing is not only NOT
immoral and unethical, but actually beneficial. Here's the truth.
HUNTER LIE #1
The biological reality is that if left alone, animal species regulate themselves. These 'controlling' elements are based primarily on food supplies and weather. Conditions which trigger hormonal responses in the females of non-human species. These responses determine whether the offspring will be male or female; how many babies a given animal will have; or if indeed they will have a successful pregnancy at all. Factor in disease and natural die-offs, and if hunting were never undertaken again, the environment would, for the first time in hundreds of years, function as the perfectly synchronized interdependent system Mother Nature intended.
"Dis"harmony--overpopulation--is CAUSED BY HUNTING. Species will adapt to FILL a void. These 'voids' are caused by Fish and Wildlife policies which encourage hunters to decimate natural predators, i.e., cougars, coyotes, wolves, etc.-- a standard practice of wildlife "managers" throughout the world. Obviously once predators are removed, if food supplies are plentiful and weather conditions favorable, an overpopulation problem is created. However, if conditions are NOT favorable, a massive environmental disaster, resulting in the starvation of animals targeted by such "management" methods becomes the reality.
Wildlife officials KNOW FULL WELL they are manipulating prey species to
the point of overpopulation by killing off their natural predators. This is
done out of A) GREED. Hunting licenses and other hunting-related revenues
bring big bucks into local, state and federal coffers. B) Because state and
federal wildlife "management" are completely CONTROLLED by hunters whose
interests are 100% self-serving. The non-hunting public is totally
disregarded, and their tax dollars hijacked for wildlife mass murder, with
estimates as high as nearly 5 BILLION animals slaughtered annually by U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Services.
HUNTER LIE # 2
Whatever hunters provide in fees is minuscule in relation to what they COST the U.S. taxpayer. POACHING IS RAMPANT. Multiple billions are spent--annually--in manpower and on the increasing decimation of protected and endangered species from hunters' criminal activities, which far outweigh the comparatively tiny contributions of hunting licensing/usage fees.
The taxpaying public and wildlife are continually egregiously abused for
the sole benefit of hunters. 50% of federally funded wildlife "refuges"
regularly allow trapping/hunting within them. This disenfranchises the
non-hunting public from enjoying these lands and bastardizes the purpose of
wildlife "refuges" which were created to PROTECT the inhabitants. The
average taxpayer is forced to support these refuges, which in turn
SUBSIDIZES hunters--not the other way around. If most hunters had to
purchase this same acreage and maintain its wildlife, few would have the
where-with-all to do so. Without taxpayer funding, these wildlife refuges
would not exist, and neither would the land hunters exploit at the public's
expense. The war on our wildlife is an elitist's game, fully SUBSIDIZED by
the abuse of taxpayer money to the tune of BILLIONS annually.
HUNTER LIE #3
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