First, a plea to non-hunting environmentalists to join sportsmen in the battle to preserve access to wildlife. Ordinary hunters seeking sport or food were not to blame for the near loss of the bison and the extinction of such species as the passenger pigeon, heath hen and Labrador duck.
Animals do not name themselves. The lion illegally hunted down in Zimbabwe last year did not know he was “Cecil.” The western lowland gorilla shot at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old fell into his enclosure did not answer to the name “Harambe.”
Conservative politicians routinely declare their love of hunting, but they are in effect calling for the closing of the land used by 72 percent of Western hunters.
After being ordered to stop hunting whales by the International Court of Justice in March, Japan has submitted plans to start hunting again for what they claim are scientific purposes in 2015.
North Dakota has accumulated a surplus of profits from its oil industry, but now voters must decide what to do with all that extra money.
Voters in Maine are facing the question of how to manage the bear population in a way that satisfies animal rights groups who are lobbying to ban hunting methods.