In light of the fact that the U.S. Senate is currently debating the shuddersome “Sportsmen’s” Heritage Act, I’m re-running this earlier post…
Words like “heritage” and “tradition” are only as good as the deeds they sanctify. That’s why there’s no Slave-trader’s Heritage Act or Indian-massacrer’s Heritage Act—society has rightfully deemed those behaviors obsolete at best. Yet, the Safari Club, NRA and other pro-death groups are pushing the U.S. Senate to approve the “Sportsmen’s” Heritage Act of 2012.
Customs and tradition are fine until one’s undertakings result in the suffering or repression of others. When a “sportsman” tells a non-hunter, “I’m okay with you choosing not to hunt, so you should accept my choice to hunt,” it’s like an unrepentant slave owner asking an abolitionist to accept his right to keep people enslaved.
Some activities just aren’t worthy of being passed on to future generations. To enshrine hunting—the serial murder of wildlife that has led to decimation and extinction for so many—with a disgraceful act of Congress does not represent a step forward for humanity, but rather a stumbling fall backwards.
This bill is also a thinly veiled attempt to gut the 1964 Wilderness Act and protections for every unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System, including our most treasured national parks. A second version of this bill has recently been attached as a rider to the Farm Bill. Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote against either version of HR 4089 and for our wildlife and our wilderness!