Occupy Wildlife!

A new USFWS survey suggests the popularity of hunting has risen from 4% in 2006 to 6% in 2011. Many are in doubt that a growth in hunting participation is actually going on, and suspect that those numbers have been skewed to give the illusion that it’s a growing, rather than a dying sport. Even if a few more people have fallen prey to the lure of the blood-sporting way, 6% of the population is not a very high percentage of the country considering that hunters and their ilk interject themselves into every issue that involves wildlife, while the rest of us who don’t approve of wildlife butchery are barely represented.

Whether hunters make up 4% or 6% of the US population, we are still the 95% (give or take a single measly point). It’s high time we start an Occupy Wildlife movement and give the non-hunting majority—and the animals—a voice!

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

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14 thoughts on “Occupy Wildlife!

  1. They’d always been thought of as the tough guys who’d go out and kill and bring back the “food,” so people are still cowed by them… it’s an ignorant, primitive, ugly side of our species, both the “hunters” and those who defer to them. Reverence for life, fairness, innovation, etc. …all the best human qualities… are beyond their reach until they wake up to the truth.

    • … and that’s the problem — “those who defer to them”. We cannot count on the majority of the 95% as being actual anti-hunters. Many actually buy into the hunters’ tired (not to mention nonsensical) arguments about “conservation” and “preventing starvation” — largely because the government wildlife programs back them. How many times have I heard “I don’t choose to hunt, but I don’t have a problem with those who do”? These people have GOT to wake up (even those who are not anti-cruelty would CERTAINLY take offense at the way populations are manipulated BY and FOR these Neanderthals?) — I love the idea of “occupy” — so how do we start?

  2. They’re the “tough guys”, Laura, too, because THEY have the weaponry. Not many people who wouldn’t shield with their arms and back off from these people.

  3. Imagine if Occupy Wildlife took to the woods in the numbers that Occupy Wall Strett takes to the streets! The jails wouldn’t be big enough to hold all of the breakers of those ridiculous “hunter harassment” laws! I’m there! Where and when?

  4. The problem is people choose to close their eyes that this is going on…. thinking that if they dont acknowledge it, then it isnt happening… Very sad for wildlife and animals in general. Wake up America! Open your eyes and make a difference, by pretending it isnt happening you are ALLOWING it to continue!

  5. The other problem is that the large majority of the 94% are not vegans. So, it’s difficult for them to protest with credibility when all the hunters have to say (and rightly so) is that they simply pay someone to do their dirty work for them.

    But, apparently the stats on vegans has gone up to 2.5% from 1% not too long ago. The consciousness is changing.

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