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5 Ways PETA and Anti-Hunters are Winning

by Ben O'Brien   |  July 2nd, 2013 4

OK, so you just read the title of this article. You might be thinking, “What the hell is this guy talking about? Anti-hunters aren’t winning.”

By some figures, you’d be right. According to a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Study, the number of Americans purchasing hunting licenses is trending upward for the first time in 25 years, as 13.7 million hunters drove $33 billion in revenue. The sale of guns and ammunition for hunting continues to roll along, and the economic engine fueled by those dollars funds over 600,000 jobs annually. Not to mention there’s more hunting-oriented content in the media marketplace than ever before—a show about a crew of redneck hunters beat out American Idol in cable TV’s ratings battle.

But that’s not the whole story.

Behind groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Center for Biological Diversity, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and In Defense of Animals (IDA), the anti-hunting movement is strong…real strong. PETA’s efforts to coerce, threaten and downright harass hunters is at an all-time high, and their sadistic misinformation campaigns continue to persuade independents that ethical hunting is the enemy.

We need to fight back harder and with a smarter tone. Resting on our laurels is not an option, and neither is ignoring the ways antis are winning. Here are five examples of anti-hunting successes that can’t be ignored and how we can fight back.

  • Bert Fisher

    My Letter to Anti (Trophy) Hunter
    To whom this may concern,
    Your hateful comments are quite misdirected. Trophy collections reflect 3
    messages. 1. The health of the land that they were taken from 2. Health of
    the Animal and Animal Population 3. A memoir immortalizing the animal’s image
    and the image of the experience. It’s not merely a triumph of man over beast.
    It reflects adventures of human participation in nature not domination of
    nature. I don’t understand your attempts on demonizing people you have never
    met and hatefully disregarding a way of life you have never experienced. These
    animals do not have the opportunity to die peacefully like people or pets do. As
    casualties of the food chain and natural consequence they get mauled, diseased,
    and starved without any means to comfort them. The human interaction in this
    process is predominantly the most gentle means possible. Please ask questions
    and investigate before casting your attempts at character assassination. You may
    not understand why people proudly display the animals the have killed, but that
    is no excuse at attempting to kill the reputation of an entire people group. It
    may be a paradox, but the facts show that hunters are the largest contributor to
    maintaining the sustainability of wildlife resources and the environments they
    live in as well as contributing to feeding and stimulating the economy,
    especially of those less fortunate. These people may not have fed themselves
    with the majority of the meat they harvested, but I assure you they fed somebody
    directly to their table and their wallet.
    Please Gain Understanding over Mockery,
    B

    • Ben O’Brien

      Amen!

    • mcrognale

      They have to hate because it is the only emotion that gives them a thrill. It’s sort of like a continuing orgasm. Probably the only way they get to have one.

  • dl

    I generally agree with the author’s observations but what about possible solutions?
    An observation from me – we need to stop politicizing firearms and hunting. Speaking only personally, the most heavily armed (in number of firearms owned) and committed hunter I know is also one of the biggest liberals I know when it comes to politics. Now, he’s not going to stop shooting and hunting because of comments about liberals but he sure as hell isn’t giving any money or time to organizations insulting him for because of his political views.

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