Thanks Monika and Lenicka, all signed.
Noted, thank you.
Banding Together to Ban Trophy Hunting | IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare
Kevin- 13 hours ago - ifaw.org
Canada: Ministry of Natural Resources: Stop the Aboriginal hunt of deer in Shorthills Park
Noted and signed current Monika :-0 Thank-You Everyone Involved :-0 25/1
Irish Cou- 12 hours ago - change.org
BAN canned hunting
Noted and signed current Monika :-0 Thank-You Everyone Involved with This Thread :-0 21/1
Signed with a comment.
David Cameron Prime Minister of the United Kingdom: Keep the Ban on Fox Hunting
---------http://www.trapfreeoregon.com/Pages/PredatorControl.html general info
We just learned that a coyote-killing contest will be held in Modoc County, California on Feb. 8-10. It is being presented by the Pit River Rod and Gun Club and Adin Supply Outfitters, http://www.adinsupply.com/coyote%20drive.htm. We are strongly opposed to killing contests because of the destruction that they cause, both to coyotes and to the environment as a whole. On a hopeful note, a killing contest in New Mexico was recently stopped when the public spoke up. Please help us stop this Modoc County event by contacting the agencies listed below and sharing this post.
- Lodge a complaint with the N. California BLM office to make sure this contest does not take place on public lands at http://www.blm.gov/ca/forms/feedback/index.php?fo=1
- File a complaint with the U.S. Forest Service at
Commend Research Protecting Wildlife Against Illegal Poaching in Africa ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 1 hour ago - forcechange.com
We Must Abolish the Hunt Underground ( Unearthing ) ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 2 minutes ago - abolition-deterrage.com
Already signed somewhere.
Thank-You for the Hunting Blurb ... Noted and signed current Monika :-0 Thank-You Everyone involved with this Thread :-0 5/1
Boulder Officers Placed on Leave for Elk Shooting
Alice- 7 hours ago - news.yahoo.com
I hope they are fired! The shot an animal out of season, without a license, in the city limits and lied about it! These ARE NOT moral and ethical people and who would want them on the police force! The police dept is getting a lot of head & bad
'Candlelight Vigil Set for Boulder's Fallen Elk
Senator Darrell Steinberg
Chair, Senate Rules Committee
California State Capitol, Room 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Jim Kellogg has spent more than a decade on the Commission and it is time for him to move on.
During his previous tenure as a Commissioner as well as Commission President, Mr. Kellogg has repeatedly failed to comply with state law; specifically Fish and Game Code 4807(b), where the Commission is required to report to the California State Legislature no later than January 15th of each year as to the number and condition of all mountain lions killed during the previous year under depredation permits issued by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
I oppose the confirmation of Kellogg to another term on the Commission.
Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director
105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025
An African antelope, the scimitar-horned oryx, is now thought to be extinct in the wild, hunted to the brink of extinction for its meat, hides and horn-trophies. They once occupied the whole Saraha Desert but there has been no sighting for 15 years.
Texas ranchers are fighting to breed and hunt the critically endangered animal for its meat, hides and horn-trophies- the very thing that caused the animal to go extinct in the first place.
"It’s our private property. We bought these animals, we have propagated these animals and conserved them," Charly Seale, executive director of the Exotic Wildlife Assn., told The Times.
Breeding endangered animals to kill them is NOT conservation, and that critically endangered animals are not your private property when they are protected by international law.
Email sent and one petition signed, Couldn't do Facebook
USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services
Wyoming Wildlife Services
According to news reports, Jamie Olson, a Wyoming-based trapper for the Wildlife Services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHI, recently posted photos online that depict illegal trapping activities and blatant animal abuse. In some photos, Olson poses with wild animals—including coyotes, raccoons, and bobcats—who are desperately ensnared in cruel steel-jaw traps. What's worse, Olson reportedly allowed his hunting dogs to badly harass ensnared animals and at least one coyote was mauled to death! Olson also apparently failed to check his traps in a timely manner, leaving animals to languish and subject to attack, as evidenced by a photo showing a trapped coyote who was eaten, most likely while still alive, by scavengers.
Graphic photos posted by Olson can be viewed by clicking here and here.
Wildlife Services claims that it does not condone cruelty, yet repeated requests for an investigation into the matter and swift disciplinary action have gone unanswered.
I urge you as USDA officials to take appropriate action regarding this alarming matter.
TY up to date
The petitions below were posted 2 weeks ago and had 2x a C2NN page.
I got an mail from Seneca that the plans were withdrawn in 2007.
I promised in the own topic of this petition here , (that I cannot find anymore ), that I will research, because the date 13 December was in 2012 and in 2007 on a Thursday.
IDA , as the petition-site , let me know today that they drop down that petition , it was really a petition from 2007.
They also let me know that they honor my request about giving petitions a date.
I'm very glad with that , it will prevent that a petition can be used again after 5 years as a new petition.
So there will not be a Canned Hunting Facility in NY ( on this moment , never say never).
Oppose Development of Canned Hunting Facility: HEARING ON DEC 13th!!!!!! HURRY!!!
Stop Canned Hunting Plans in NY ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
The only trophy I would like to see is the hunters' heads mounted on a wall of shame. Good news about the prosecution of the hunt in UK - it is long overdue as these red-coated assassins are no better than the trophy hunters.
Heythrop Hunt Found Guilty Of Illegal Fox Hunting In First Ever Corporate Conviction
Sylvie- 6 hours ago - league.org.uk
Stop Safari Trophy Hunting of Crocodiles ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 39 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
Signed - good for them
Thank Costa Rica for Banning Sport Hunting ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 1 hour ago - forcechange.com
All Noted and Signed current Monika :0 Thank-You to Everyone :0 15/12
if only i could live there, it would be bliss. thank you, monika.
Commend Costa Rica for Banning Hunting as a Sport ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 3 hours ago - forcechange.com
Thank-You for the Newsie News about Hunting Noted and signed current Monika :0 Thank -You EveryOne :0 13/12
stop hunting and poaching worldwide! signed.
Stop Canned Hunting Plans in NY ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 2 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
Seneca County Industrial Development Agency of upstate New York, is a real estate development company proposing a plan to build a $1.3 million canned hunting facility on 2,300 acres of currently vacant land on the former Seneca Army
gladly signed. thank you, monika.
Noted and signed current Monika Thank-You to Everyone 12/12
Something I really need to know - when these posts go up they are normally accompanied by photos - who takes these photos and how do you get hold of them. Reason I am asking is because surely from the photo these low life rubbishes would be identified. Easy targets then!!!
Oppose Development of Canned Hunting Facility: HEARING ON DEC 13th!!!!!! HURRY!!!
Krystal- 1 hour ago - secure2.convio.net
Signed - the usual bunch of cowardly wimps thinking spilling the blood of animals makes them better people.
Up to date I think. Did not know about Nikon.
BAN HUNTING OF EVERY ANIMAL! SIGNED.
done, lenicka. thank you!
The Coalition Government has decided to conduct a pilot cull of badgers in England this year in a misguided attempt to solve the bovine TB crisis. They intend to do this by shooting badgers as they roam during the night: an untested, inhumane method.
This despite the fact that a 10-year study performed by The Independent Scientific Group on bovine TB, which cost taxpayers £50 million, concluded that culling badgers would make no meaningful contribution to bovine TB control in Britain and could indeed increase the spread of the disease.
This is your last chance to save English badgers before the slaughter begins.
If you think the Government is shooting in the dark please contact Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to voice your opposition
Petitions signed and sending emails now
Thanks to all, signed all petitions still open and emails sent.
THANK YOU DEAR MONIKA. ALL SIGNED.
Thank you dear Barbara!
Noted, signed, sent messages Current Monika : Special Thnx to all who have Contributed to this Thread :0
Thank you dear Naomi and Christeen
ALL DONE. THANK YOU.
Ban Hunting in Malta
What a very sad story about EBLEY.
People that are hunting and killing for fun are the most disgusting human species that are walking on this planet. There must be something wrong in their DNA.
It was be better that they did not reproduce them self.
They are a virus , worse than the plague.
EMERGENCY E-MAIL ACTION!
ACT & SHARE TO LOCK UP THIS POACHING KINGPIN!
Join H.A.N.D.S., OSCAP, STHN, The Environmentalists and Nikela to get charges reinstated against Marnus Steyl.
We all cheered when the South African magistrate gave Chumlong Lemongthai a 40-year sentence for rhino poaching, but charges were dropped against his partner in crime Marnus Stuyl, big game trophy hunter and safari operator whose farm is where Chumlong Lemongthai ran his bogus hunting parties.
OSCAP has pro bono attorneys working to reinstate charges against Steyl and our help is needed.
OUR FIRST STEP IS TO E-MAIL OUR REQUEST TO HAVE CHARGES REINSTATED.
RE: Reinstate Charges Against Marnus Steyl
To the National Prosecuting Authority:
We request that the National Prosecuting Authority take immediate steps to reinstate charges
against Mr. Marnus Steyl, because of organizing illegal activities/illegal poaching,
This post was modified from its original form on 21 Nov, 5:51
all done. thank you.
Noted, signed, and sent messages Current Anneke and Monika :0 Special Thanx to All who have Contributed to this Thread :0 ..
this is the complete sample letter, from causes.com:
PROPOSED SCRIPT TEMPLATE FOR YOU TO COPY AND PASTE FOR EASE OF USE
Dear Valencia County Manager Swingle, Los Lunas Mayor Robert Vialpando, and Executive Director of the Bureau of Land Management Jesse Juen,
I am outraged about the coyote killing contest hosted by Gunhawk Firearms in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Despite enormous public outcry, the owner of Gunhawk Firearms is "dug in" and has said "the hunt will go on." The participants are putting ego ahead of moral and ethical values. A mass body count is not hunting; it is cruelty to these coyotes. The owner of the gun shop is using this killing spree to promote his shop at the expense of the lives of the coyotes. Further, the owner will not divulge to the public where the hunt is taking place throughout New Mexico on public lands, thereby putting New Mexico visitors and residents at risk of being killed while they are on these public lands of the hunt.
I implore you to please do all you can to stop this terrible contest.
Sent email . Unspeakable.
GUNHAWK FIREARMS coyote kill is spreading a national disease
Mayor Robert Vialpando, County Manager Bruce Swingle, BLM State Director Jesse Juen
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com , Message: Sir, I implore you to please do all you can to stop the horrible and dangerous coyote killing contest hosted by Gunhawk Firearms in Los Lunas, New Mexico!
signed all. thank you.
Please Tell Your Senators to Say No to Dangerous Hunting Proposals ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 2 hours ago - capwiz.com
Signing as and when I can.
Going through everything now
Signed. Thanks Monika
SIGNED! THANK YOU!
Thank you Monika !
Noted, signed, and sent messages Current Lenicka and Monika :0 Thanx to Everyone who contributed to This Thread :0
For me , it could go a bit more faster.
Oh , and I prefer , hunter killed by friend hunter.
Thank you Monika
i shed no tears. this is actually what i always say, 'whatever goes around, comes around'. good news,. thank you, monika.
One abuser less on this planet...
'USA: Christensen dies hunting in Missouri
November 4, 2012
NEW ULM - Bob Christensen, 51, of New Ulm, formerly of Sleepy Eye, who began the nation's largest pork production companies - Christensen Farms - on a Sleepy Eye farm in 1974, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack while hunting with his son and friends in Missouri...
Source: Christensen dies hunting in Missouri
all done. thank you, dear monika.
Cc: Bill.Clay@aphis.usda.gov ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Extreme Cruelty against Animals
State Director Rodney Krischke
William Clay, Deputy Administrator for Wildlife Services
Jeffrey S. Green, Western Regional Director for Wildlife Services
Dear State Director Krischke, Sirs:
Following up on the Animal Welfare Institute's (AWI) letter, I'm writing also to request your immediate investigation and subsequent termination of Jamie P. Olson, as a Wildlife Services (W employee, based in Douglas, Wyoming, for blatant acts of animal cruelty.
As you are no doubt aware of, you can view the following photos published by Mr. Olson:
As noted and sourced by AWI, they, and Project Coyote, firmly oppose the use of steel-jaw traps for the capture of any species given their inherent cruelty. I am further alarmed that instead of immediately killing the trapped animals, this WS employee inflicted even greater fear and pain on already-suffering animals caught in these brutal traps by allowing dogs to torment or attack the trapped animals as is depicted in several of the photographs.
This is unacceptable behavior for any trapper, but such wanton cruelty and callous disregard for the welfare of these animals is particularly egregious when done by a government employee and must not be tolerated..
Furthermore, another photograph posted on Olsons Twitter page titled Eagles (also shown at this link http://wg.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=priorities_wildlife_war_wildlife_kill_methods_trapping_abuse&autologin=true ) demonstrates Olsons failure to check his traps in a timely manner and his disregard for the animals pain and suffering.
I also note that Mr. Olson appears to be the primary organizer of several coyote contest hunts in Montana and one scheduled for January 2013 in Dickson, North Dakota ( article dated October 15, 2012 about the MT contest and the attached flyer advertising the ND contest mentioned at below link).
Click on this link for further information: http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2012/11/01/22/24/vchnG.So.4.pdf
Mr. Olsons mobile phone number is included in the article. If this is a WS-issued phone, Mr. Olsons use of it to organize and promote a coyote-killing contest is unacceptable and provides additional grounds for his termination.
As you know, WS is a highly controversial program responsible for killing millions of animals each year which is funded, in part, with taxpayer dollars.
While AWI, PC, and WS disagree about the merits of WS's lethal control practices, there should be no question that the intentional infliction of additional suffering on any trapped animal by a WS employee is entirely unacceptable and warrants immediate termination.
Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter and for expeditiously and decisively acting on these concerns. I look forward to receiving your response to this matter in writing by replying to my email address.
This post was modified from its original form on 06 Nov, 6:36
all gladly signed. thanks, dear.
Cher- 13 hours ago - forcechange.com
Thanks alot my friends for supporting the young girl's petition ! We have to encourage the kids, they are the activists of tomorrow
Stop Bow Hunting of Deer in Weston, Massachusetts ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 1 hour ago - forcechange.com
Petition of a 14year old girl ! Please support her petition by signing! Thanks
I am a passionate 14 year old girl who adores animals and zoology and really wants to make a difference. Please sign my petition and i will do everything in my power to make a difference.
all done. thank you, monika, dear.
Sickening TV show: host Andy Ross posing with the leopard he has just killed in Africa for his TV show; place your comments please
signed. thank you, dear monika
done. thank you, dear.
signed. thank you, dear.
Mee, too, Gabriela, NO SYMPATHY for this girl....
Massachusetts - Save Deer In Weston From Cruel Bow Hunt ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher - 6 hours ago - secure2.convio.net
same here, gabriela. this kid DOES need a new heart. one that feels compassion. signed. no sympathy for her here.
New petitions signed, e-mail already sent and NO SIMPATHY for a 11 year old sick girl :
both done, thank you, dear.
Thank Costa Rica for Banning Hunting, and Shark Finning ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 1 hour ago - thepetitionsite.com
Stop Hunting Endangered Species in Texas ! PLEASE SIGN ! !
Cher- 51 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
all signed. thank you, dear.
Republic of South Africa Government: Ban Trophy Hunting
Ireland's Agriculture Minister: Please Ban Extremely cruel practices under new Animal Welfare Law
ALL people who love and respect life: ethical control animals. NO DONATION TO HUNTING!
all done. thank you, monika dear.
Cher- 4 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
Subject: Barbaric and cruel trapping must cease in New Mexico
Mrs. Mary Katherine Ray,
I, the undersigned, seek to prohibit the recreational and commercial use of hidden steel-jaw leg-hold traps, wire snares and other body-gripping animal traps on New Mexico's public lands.
These traps do not reliably differentiate between the intended target and many other non-target animals which may be cruelly maimed or killed.
People and pets are also at risk. Unlimited, profit-driven trapping can harm and deplete wildlife communities. The use of traps is NOT consistent with the "fair chase" principles of ethical hunting.
Ninety percent of New Mexico residents believe trapping should be banned on public lands, according to a report released today by a panel of seven New Mexico citizens. The report was created through online surveys organized by the People's Forum on Public Lands Trapping in New Mexico
The use of body-gripping traps is horribly cruel.
The suffering of animals caught and held by leg hold traps for long hours or days is unjustifiable: they struggle to be free, the agony of a limb imprisoned in sub-zero cold, the pain of injuries caused by the all-out fight to escape, the broken teeth from biting at the trap, the thirst, hunger, anxiety, terror, the menace of attack by other animals.
And the way of death: the trapper clubs the animal, then stands on its chest to cause suffocation.
Barbaric and cruel trapping must cease in New Mexico.
Its high time New Mexico catch up with Arizona and Colorado and other states that have banned public lands trapping! Please take actions too! Thank you.
Going back as far as I can
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Subject: Irelands new Animal Welfare Act
Dear Committee Members,
We urge you to support amendments to Irelands new Animal Welfare Act to outlaw the horrific practices of fox dig-outs, fox hunting, and hare coursing.
We have received information on these and are appalled that such cruelty is still permitted by law in Ireland.
Please don't allow any more barbaric cruelty.
Cher- 1 hour ago - forcechange.com
Thank you Anneke for sending !
Mauling and stabbing of Pigs
In Sarasota County, Florida, you approved a cruel plan that allows hunters to use dogs to hunt down feral hogs.
The hogs will be chased, cornered, and mauled by packs of frenzied dogs and then knifed to death.
This method of wildlife control is exceedingly cruel, especially when there are many less cruel alternatives available!
Sir, I urge you to overturn your decision. If killing is insisted upon, even the use of sharpshooters would be far less hideous.
Cher- 5 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
KELLY- 54 minutes ago - change.org
Simone- 7 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
every one signed, dear monika.
KELLY- 1 hour ago - animalsaustralia.org
all signed and forwarded. thank you, monika. i am happy to be in any group you are hosting.
When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. - Rita Francis
Thank you Lenicka and Gabriela !
Signer nr.31. Merci Monika!
Borg- 10 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
Signed. Thanks Monika!
Important Hearing To Ban Hunting With Hounds
Speak Up For Dogs, Bears And Bobcats!
Your voice is needed! California Senate Bill 1221, which would ban cruel "hounding," passed the Senate floor, thanks to IDA members' many calls and e-mails. SB 1221 now faces its biggest challenge in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26.
Hounding is a cruel practice where hunters use dogs to chase bears and bobcats for many miles until the exhausted animal either turns to fight or runs up a tree, only to be shot. This is incredibly inhumane and even many hunters consider hounding an "unfair chase" and unsportsmanlike.
The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee is going to be a tough hurdle, and we need as many animal advocates as possible to fill the hearing room. The opposition will be out in force (there were over 700 at the last hearing) and we need to counter their numbers. If you haven’t come to the capitol for an exciting showdown, this is the one to see! You will get a chance to make comments in support of SB 1221.
If you wish to speak, you will probably get very limited time - all you will be able to say is your name, where you are from, and that you support the bill. Super easy, but super effective!
Please join us for the hearing at the Capitol!
Date: Tuesday, June 26
Time: The hearing is at 9 a.m., but we are expecting hundreds of opponents and we'll start lining up outside the room at 6 a.m. The earlier you arrive, the better your chances of getting in the room. Hunters are used to getting up early to shoot animals, so let’s show them that we can get up early to protect animals!
Where: Room 4202 in the State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California
For more information and carpooling, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-540-1760.
Important note for constituents of Assemblymember Jared Huffman:
If you are in Assemblymember Jared Huffman’s district, please make a brief, polite phone call today and urge support for SB 1221. To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your zip code.
Assemblymember Jared Huffman's phone number: (916) 319-2006.
You cannot currently send a star to Gabriela because you have done so within the last week.
Signed, thanks Monika.
End Inhumane Hound-Hunting of California Predators
Both signed, thanks Monika.
Cher- 3 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
"Your name has been added and will be delivered to South African Govenment" Thanks Monika.
ACTION ALERT: Stop Canned Hunting in South Africa! PLEASE SIGN !
Noted and signed. Thank you Monika.
Signer nr. 47. Thanks Monika.
Update on California - Stop Cruel Hound Hunting !
- Eventually, their goal is to end all hunting in California, and judging by what they convinced the Senate to do, they're getting ...
- 2 days ago - thepetitionsite.com
Thank you Constance and Lindsey, signed.
- 8 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
Thank you, signed.
Petitions signed except petitions that are for US residents only...
Thank you Maria.
Noted and signed thank you!
Thank you, most already signed, caught up on others.
- 6 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
Left a comment thanks Nyack.
noted and signed
Thanks for the great article
Simone - 11 hours ago - gopetition.com
Signed/Canned hunting. Thank you for posting.
All noted and signed. Thank you Maria.
All noted & signed!
Valerie,i will bring my cats too and go with you on that island!!
Tarequl - 1 hour ago - change.org
Noted and already signed. Thank you Maria.
James - 4 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
All noted and signed. All that is heartbreaking. They have fun in hunting defenceless animals. I'd cite you Maria, because what you say is so right: "sports involve competition between two consenting parties and the mediation of a referee. And no sport ends with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant.
I signed all, commented and noted. Sometimes I want to close my computer because I'm very angry against all human beings and go and live on an island with my cats all alone.
All noted and signed. Thank you.
All signed and share already, thanks
signed noted thank you
all noted anh taked action where i was allowed to.Thanks Maria.
Petitions signed. Emails sent opposing Deer plan. Thank you for the posts.
Cher - 12 hours ago - secure2.convio.net
Signed & noted - thank you!
Cher - 15 minutes ago - change.org
Maria - 1 day ago - peta.org
Jill - 2 hours ago - bushdrums.com
All noted and petitions signed except petitions that are for US residents only. Thank you Maria.
- 11 hours ago - thepetitionsite.com
Signed & noted
- 57 minutes ago - thearcticsounder.com
- 57 minutes ago - thearcticsounder.com
I couldn't get through at League Against Cruel Sports. They wouldn't accept my info. Is that because I don't live in Ireland? Thank you Maria for these important posts. I abhor hunting. Abhor it and revile it. I cannot tell you how much.
- 46 minutes ago - thepetitionsite.com
- 2 hours ago - change.org
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Cher Is A
- 5 days ago - nobearhuntnv.org
- 6 hours ago - e-activist.com
Hunting might have been necessary for human survival in prehistoric times, but today most hunters stalk and kill animals merely for the thrill of it, not out of necessity. This unnecessary, violent form of "entertainment" rips animal families apart and leaves countless animals orphaned or badly injured when hunters miss their targets.
Hunting also disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families. For animals such as wolves and geese, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities.
The fear and the inescapable, earsplitting noises from the gunfire and other commotion that hunters create cause hunted animals to suffer tremendous stress. This severely compromises their routine and their eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need to survive the winter. Loud noises can also disrupt mating rituals and can cause parent animals to flee their dens and nests, leaving their young vulnerable to natural predators.
Hunting is often called a sport as a way to pass off a cruel, needless killing spree as a socially acceptable, wholesome activity. However, sports involve competition between two consenting parties and the mediation of a referee. And no sport ends with the deliberate death of one unwilling participant.
Some hunting groups claim that by obeying laws and killing free-range animals in a manner that does not give humans an "improper advantage" over their prey, the activity constitutes "fair chase." Of course, these same groups encourage hunters to shoot game with rifles, shotguns, and bows and arrows—weapons that no animal has any chance of outrunning, let alone fighting. Furthermore, "free range" as defined today rarely implies the vast wilderness that large game once roamed.