Living near prime wildlife habitat means that at any given moment you might get to see Vs of migratory ducks or cackling Canada geese flying right overhead. If you’re lucky, trumpeter swans might be among the waterfowl feeding and calling in the nearby estuary. And wood ducks or hooded mergansers might pay your inland pond a visit while searching for a quiet place to nest.
The down side of living near a natural wonderland? Being awakened Sunday morning at first light by the repeated volley of shotgun blasts, as though all-out war has been declared on all things avian (as is currently happening this morning). The Elmers out there (no doubt dressed in the latest expensive camo-pattern—a fashion statement apparently meant to impress the other Elmers out there) must be reveling in the fact that the dense morning fog allows them to “sneak” (in their loud outboard motor boats) up close enough to the flocks so that a large number of birds will end up dead, winged or otherwise wounded when they stand up and spray lead.
Duck hunting is the ultimate betrayal. It happens well into the winter, long after about other any hunting season is over, when the birds are congregated in flocks on their wintering grounds. And it happens often on lands supposedly set aside as wildlife “refuges.” Pro-kill groups like Ducks Unlimited (DU—an acronym, or perhaps an abbreviation for “duh”) insist that they have the animals’ best interests in mind. But when it comes right down to it, all they really want to preserve land for is to have a playground for killing (just listen to them scream if you try to propose a refuge closed to hunting).
Interestingly, they always seem to choose Sunday as their special day for bird killing. It’s no secret that most American hunters count themselves as good Christians. In choosing to hunt in lieu of church this time of year, they must feel closest to their gods in the killing fields.
How is this any different than a follower of Santeria sacrificing chickens? Both practices are equally bloody and violent. And the practice of Sunday go-a-duck-huntin’ probably claims more victims.
I see by the comments coming in lately that there are a lot of new faces showing up here on this blog. I’d like to extend you all a warm welcome. I say, I’d like to, but unfortunately I can’t—not all the new folks who’ve joined us lately are benevolent toward their fellow beings. What I can and will do is roll out the welcome mat for fellow wildlife watchers and animal rights advocates and welcome anti-hunters and non-hunters alike.
There are some people who are absolutely not welcome. I’m talking about the hunter and trapper trolls who somehow found themselves here and are now thinking: “What the hell is this site?”
Well, I’ll start by informing you what it is not: This is not a red-neck tavern with a “Welcome Hunters” sign out front. It’s not a message board or a chat room for people wanting to argue the supposed merits of animal exploitation or to defend the act of hunting or trapping in any way, shape or form. There are plenty of other sites available for that sort of thing.
For your sake, I urge you not to bother wasting your time posting your opinions in the comments section. This blog is moderated, and pro-hunting outbursts will not be tolerated or approved. Consider this fair warning—if you’re a hunter, sorry but your comments are going straight to the trash can. This is not a public forum for nimrods or other self-serving animal abusers to discuss the pros and cons of hunting.
Those who know right from wrong on this issue may appear a bit narrow minded, but the fact is there are no real pros to the matter, only cons, so there’s no point in wasting everyone’s time with your tired old PR drivel. We’ve heard all the rationalizations for killing so many times before. Any attempt to justify the murder of our fellow animals will hereby be jettisoned into cyberspace.
What you’ve stumbled upon is a haven for wildlife and wildlife advocates, a wildlife refuge of sorts, that’s posted “No Hunting,” as any true sanctuary should be. Just as a refuge is patrolled to keep hunters and poachers from harassing the wildlife, this blog site is monitored to keep hunter trolls from disturbing other people’s quiet enjoyment of the natural world. Those are the people whose unselfish comments are always welcome here.