Seven Days of Things that Bug Me, Day One, 3.7.2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
I can't for the life of me, understand what animal activists are thinking when they protest deer hunting in my state of Missouri.
I know, they go straight for the emotional heart with their signs that say "Not Bambi, Save Bambi or Baby Deer Killers Go Home".
When I've tried to engage them in a logical conversation, they inevitably fall back on a chant of "Bambi killer, Barbarian, Caveman or worse".
What the facts, FACTS show is that there are almost 100% MORE deer in the state then their was 100 years ago.
What that causes is a large number of deer starving. Because the herds are so large and bunched togethe,r illness takes another large number. They have overgrazed the land, driving deer into the suburbs where they are hit by cars and are chased by dogs and killed that way.
They are so numerous around our International airport that professional hunters are hired to come in, sweep and kill as many deer inside the fence as they can find (the meat is donated to soup kitchens, churches and other places that provide meals for the poor). This is done at least twice a year and often three times a year.
Our state has, in addition to the 'regular' deer season - added a doe season; a blackpowder season; a youth season; a bow season, and last year a senior crossbow season. The deer are still overgrazing the land.
Animal activists claim that hunting and killing Bambi is cruel.
For those of us who hunt, venison is extra food for our freezers. It's considerably more healthful than beef with half to two-thirds less cholesterol.
To my way of barbaric thinking, a quick death is infinitely more humane that a death by starvation or disease, but I and many other hunters are called names and hassled by these well intentioned, but uneducated, animal activists.
And that's how I feel about that.