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E-M:/ Dove hunting
- Subject: E-M:/ Dove hunting
- From: "anhinga" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2000 13:22:32 -0500
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- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "anhinga" <email@example.com>
If dove hunting is permitted in Michigan, and it
proves popular, it will provide another excuse for the DNR to clearcut.
Having lived in a southern state which permitted Mourning Dove hunting, I have
witnessed the congregation of pick-up trucks with "dove seats" in the bed,
hunters in lounge chairs, and old car seats left on public land which had been
converted to dove fields.
Despite the high-minded arguments posted regarding
the elemental/genetic origins of the need to feed oneself through hunting, dove
hunting is nothing more than a gruesome form of recreation for the vast majority
of dove hunters.
As for the careful philosophical defenses of
hunting, I've heard them from intelligent people who I like and respect.
But if you get a group of these outdoor philosophers together, and they discuss
hunting, the conversation soon degenerates into something close to "big buck
night". The genetic need to hunt, all the careful arguments, they are in
almost all cases (with a very few exceptions) empty sophistry.
Supporters of dove hunting have dismissed the
incidental take of American Kestrel as unlikely, but I have heard
those who hunt doves admit that they have seen Kestrels accidentally
shot in dove fields. The hunting
community, with a few notable exceptions, does not exhibit a broad knowledge of
the outdoors and I maintain that they have not earned the privilege
of being granted another target. (A study of some 20 years ago
found that of several groups involved with the outdoors or animals, sport
hunters and animal rights activists scored the lowest on a test of general
knowledge regarding the environment. Birders creamed everyone, with
working cowboys coming in second).
For the sake of small birds of prey and our public
lands, oppose dove hunting.