Hunter who received ‘nasty’ death threats is now an inspiration to female hunting community

http://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/2017/12/07/hunter-who-received-nasty-death-threats-is-now-inspiration-to-female-hunting-community.html

Hunter and advocate Nikki Tate has been feeling a little overwhelmed since an articleabout her love of duck and deer hunting went viral.

“It’s been crazy,” Tate told Fox News. “Both positive and negative, but mostly positive.”

The 27-year-old lawyer had been receiving death threats through her Instagram, which showcases her hunting lifestyle.

“People would send things like, ‘I wish I could do to you what you did to that deer,’ or ‘Karma is a b—-,’” she said.

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Tate often posts pictures of herself and her hunting dogs posing with carcasses of deer, hogs and waterfowl.  (Nikki Tate)

But Tate, who promotes ethical hunting, says the death threats weren’t shocking.

HUNTER FORCED TO DEFEND HER LIFESTYLE AFTER RECEIVING DEATH THREATS

“People have strong opinions and hunting is a trigger for a lot of people,” Tate said.

“I know other female hunters who have received those kinds of comments, and once I started getting a larger audience [on Instagram], random negative comments would start to trickle in,” she added. “Around 10K followers I would start getting private messages, really nasty and threatening comments.”

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Tate says she’s been sent “really nasty and threatening comments” due to her lifestyle.  (Nikki Tate)

However, the hostile messages have paled in comparison to the outpouring of support she has received from the hunting community — after the article, her Instagram gained more than 2,000 followers overnight.

“People have messaged me on Instagram saying I am a role model and inspiration, and thanking me for supporting conservation,” she said.

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Tate tells Fox News she hunts because it lets her know “exactly where my food came from.”  (Nikki Tate)

Also outside of the death threats, her unexpected celebrity has started a respectful dialogue around hunting that she hopes will continue.

“People who don’t agree with me have messaged me and asked me questions about hunting and why I do it. We have had very intellectual conversations — it’s been so rewarding for me.”

HUNTER BAGS TWO ‘BUCKS OF A LIFETIME’ IN SAME WEEK

Now that she’s been pushed into the limelight, Tate says she wants to use the opportunity to further spread her message about conservation and hunting.

“When you kind of get in the public eye and you have an opportunity to spread a message about conservation, take it,” she said. “I’m involved and I love being involved. I want to do something positive with the attention.”

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“When you kind of get in the public eye and you have an opportunity to spread a message about conservation, take it,” says Tate.  (Nikki Tate)

More: http://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/2017/12/07/hunter-who-received-nasty-death-threats-is-now-inspiration-to-female-hunting-community.html

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THE EMBLEM; A POEM TO END HUNTING

 http://thevegantruth.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-emblem-poem-to-end-hunting.html?spref=fb
The Emblem
I’m not blind to the world animals live in.
Their reality is intertwined with my own.
Therefore I would not know where to begin
to describe the cruelty animals are shown.
Humans have become deaf to creatures cries,
We’ve become numb to the feeling of love.
One sight entirely exemplifies
the lack of empathy that I speak of.
Tied to a truck for obvious display,
was a beautiful buck; lifeless and cold.
His disfigured head quickly turned my eyes away
I’m left with an indelible image to hold.
The buck will serve as an emblem for all time.
I must have witnessed this sight for a reason.
The emblem will forever tell of the crime
that permeates the air in hunting season.
The gentle are persecuted by killers
and live a life that is never free of fear.
Respect and Justice are our soul’s pillars.
Let’s rise up and put an end to the hunting of deer.

by Butterflies; long term vegan ~ animal rights advocate

Rural British Columbians Oppose Trophy Hunting of Grizzly Bears

http://www.insightswest.com/news/rural-british-columbians-oppose-trophy-hunting-of-grizzly-bears/#.WPW4ewgHs8M.twitter

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Practically three-in-four voters in five rural British Columbia constituencies are opposed to the practice.

Vancouver, BC – The majority of British Columbians living in rural ridings oppose trophy hunting of grizzly bears, a poll conducted by Insights West on behalf of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association has found.

The results, based on a telephone study conducted in late January, show that 74% of voters in five rural ridings with strong hunting traditions are opposed to the trophy grizzly hunt.

The results align with a 2015 Insights West survey, where 91% of British Columbians voiced opposition to trophy hunting. This is the first in-depth poll carried out to gauge attitudes towards this issue in the Interior.

The percentage of voters who are opposed to the trophy hunting of grizzly bears stands at 81% in Kamloops North Thompson, 79% in Boundary Similkameen, 78% in Fraser Nicola, 66% in Cariboo North and 65% in Kootenay East.

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“This poll categorically shows that there is no urban-rural divide on the issue of grizzly trophy hunting, something that has been asserted endlessly by politicians,” says Julius Strauss of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association. “British Columbians want an end to trophy hunting by a clear majority, even in deeply rural ridings with strong hunting traditions. It’s time government policy reflected that reality.”

“Few voters who cast a ballot for either of the two major provincial parties in 2013 are satisfied with the status quo on grizzly trophy hunting,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “Voicing support for the current state of affairs is not bound to be a winner with voters at their doorstep.”

About the Commercial Bear Viewing Association:

The Commercial Bear Viewing Association represents the interests of bear-viewing operators in British Columbia. Its purpose it to develop guidelines and policies for the industry and make recommendations to government. It is calling for a ban on the hunting of grizzly bears in the province, a move that it believes would make environmental and economic sense.

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

About this Release:

Results are based on a telephone study conducted by Insights West from January 24 to January 31, 2017 among 400 voters in Boundary-Similkameen, Caribou North, Fraser Nicola, Kamloops-North Thompson and Kootenay East provincial constituencies. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error – which measures sample variability – is +/- 4.9 percentage points. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Julius Strauss
Chairperson, Political Committee, Commercial Bear Viewing Association
250-505-4166 or 250-275-4856
julius@grizzlybearranch.ca

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com

http://www.insightswest.com/news/rural-british-columbians-oppose-trophy-hunting-of-grizzly-bears/#.WPW4ewgHs8M.twitter

“Beast Feast” etc., from AR News…

Big Win for Animal Rights: Navy Sonars Are Killing Whales, US Court Rules
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/25630/20160723/big-win-animal-rights-navy-sonars-killing-whales-united-states-court-rules.htm
“Blue whales can now live in peace and relative quiet after the Ninth
U.S. Circuit Court of San Francisco ruled out the U.S. Navy’s request
to use low-frequency sonar due to its potential harm to marine
animals.
“The U.S. Navy sought the approval from the National Marine Fisheries
Service to use the said sonar under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
However, groups urged the Service to reassess, which led to their
decision not to give the go signal to the Navy’s request.”

Judge will allow animal rights’ vet to examine Cricket Hollow Zoo lions
http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/judge-will-allow-animal-rights-vet-to-examine-cricket-hollow-zoo-lions-20160722
“Animal Legal Defense Fund granted part of injunction”
“CEDAR RAPIDS — A federal judge Friday ordered owners of the Cricket
Hollow Zoo in Manchester to let a veterinarian examine two African
lions they are being sued over.”

A/w local OKC outdoor news:

Crossing Community Church, located in OKC, is having its annual “Beast
Feast” on Tuesday night.
Tickets are $15 each and there is a smoked pork dinner.
The guest speaker is a co-host of Inside Outdoors TV, based in Tulsa.
This show began their 10th season this month.
The “Beast Feast” includes a hunting and fishing expo with numerous
prizes to be given away.
This includes hunting trips, fishing trips, guns, rod and reels, knives and
gift cards.

Facing an uphill court fight, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced
last week it was formally
removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under
the Endangered Species Act.
This move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser
prairie chicken of federal
protection. However, federal officials say the removal doesn’t mean
authorities had concluded the
lesser prairie chicken didn’t warrant protection for biological reasons.
The agency stated “The service is undertaking a thorough re-evaluation
of the bird’s status and
the threats it faces using the best available scientific information to
determine anew whether listing
under the ESA is warranted.”
The previous rulings found that the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to
make a proper evaluation
of a multi-state conservation plan when it listed the lesser prairie
chicken as threatened.
Oil and gas groups had strongly opposed the threatened listing and
ranchers also opposed the
listing.
The lesser prairie chicken’s Great Plains habitat has shrunk by more
than 80 percent since
the 1800s and its population by 99 percent.
It lives primarily in Kansas. However, it also lives in Texas, New
Mexico, Okla. and Colorado.
To keep the birds off the endangered species list, these five states
organized their own
conservation program. It offers economic incentives to landowners and
companies who set
aside land to protect the birds.

 

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Some Good News and Some Victories for Animals in 2015

An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

From All-Creatures.org
December 2015

THANK YOU for every single thing you did to make a difference for animals in 2015!

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We know there are many more victories and many more good news items for animals in 2015 and we know there are LOTS of opinions of what “victory” or “good news” mean. This is a listing of what was posted as good news/victories on our All-Creatures.org 2015 weekly eNewsletters. Please subscribe here.

THANK YOU…FOR ANIMALS EVERYWHERE!

The Myth of Glory Killing

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Last night we watched a movie that turned out surprisingly good considering I had no idea what to expect. No doubt it had a surprise, tragic ending, but that was part of what made it interesting.

The 1976 film, Robin and Marian, starring Sean Connery as a grey-bearded Robin Hood and Audrey Hepburn as Marian, was not your typical fable furthering the standard hero myth about Robin Hood and the “merry men.” In this tale, Robin, or, “Rob,” as he was referred to by his side-kick, Little John, was returning from 18 years of bloody battles in the Crusades against the Muslims (the ones fought while attempting to capture the “Holy Lands,” in the Ninth Century A.D, not the one started recently), back home to Sherwood Forest in the not-so-civilized country of England.

The first thing Robin and Little John come across is Will Scarlet and Friar Tuck, two of the fabled merry men, with a freshly poached deer. Through them Rob discovers that Maid Marian is in a nearby nunnery, where she’s been since Robin left her to do the king’s bidding in battle.

(The king, Richard the Lionheart, played by Richard Harris, is killed by an arrow symbolically thrown that ends up hitting him in the neck. Those damn things must have been sharp, even then.)

Long story short, the story ends after Robin and the Merry Men go into battle with the Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Robert Shaw of Jaws fame) and his troops. Robin and the Sheriff face off against one another with broadswords in the agreement that the loser’s men would be spared. But after Robin Hood receives a potentially lethal blow and the Sheriff backs off, Robin runs him through in an underhanded, unsportsmanlike end to the “contest.” As Robin is being helped off the battlefield by Marian and Little John, the Sheriff’s troops ride into the forest to slay the rest of Robin’s men.

They take Robin to Marian’s convent, where she promises to give him medicine to ease his pain. There he boasts to Little John about how he’ll heal up and be back in “glorious battle” in no time. It turns out that the “pain killer” she gives him and takes herself is poison instead, and as they’re dying she tells him how she loved him “more than God.” While we’re seeing Robin Hood come to terms with the reality that he’s not going to live, we’re forced to have to realize that she just couldn’t take the thought of him constantly going into bloody battle and see him suffer and die a violent death at the hands of someone like him.  Perhaps she just couldn’t take hearing him sum himself up as nothing but a killer, obsessed with a love for doing glorious, violent battles. She had seen something more in him that may have faded during all those brutal, destructive years in the Crusades.

Ultimately, Robin and Marian was an anti-war film; one of several to come out at the time. The question is, how long will humans play out these scenarios before they finally get it?

Costs of Oregon hunting, fishing licenses keep climbing; License sales drop but ODFW says price not main factor

The change in demographic is the prime driver for the economic spiral state wildlife management agencies face nationwide. They have never been more vulnerable for change. Reforming state wildlife commissions to represent more than just hunters is key to this evolution.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/environment/3620921-151/costs-of-oregon-hunting-fishing-licenses-keep-climbing

Hunters shoot two elk – then realise they were firing through fence into zoo

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hunters-shoot-dead-two-elk-before-realising-they-are-firing-into-zoo-enclosure-a6698626.html

1610111_10152194241138908_1599987755_n “A group of hunters in Norway have shot dead two elk – before
realising seconds later they were firing through a fence into the
animal’s enclosure in a zoo.”