By now we all know you can find just about anything on the infamous auction site eBay. It’s a great site and a wonderful way to turn one man’s trash into another man’s treasure, but did you know that you can buy your way into a trophy hunt?
“eBay has become an online marketplace peddling the slaughter of wolves, bears and cougars,” said Big Wildlife communications director Brian Vincent.
One auction Big Wildlife found for a timber wolf hunt called it “a real hunting adventure,” and said the hunters would “hunt over bait in a heated treestand.”
Um, wow. That sounds about as adventurous as dinner and a movie!
eBay should get some credit for banning the sale of ivory last year after International Fund for Animal Welfare stepped in to point out that it was helping the illegal trade of wildlife, so here’s to hoping they step up and stop these sales too.
Predators play an incredibly important role in our ecosystem. They belong in the wild, alive, not on the floor in front of a fireplace.
As if our wildlife doesn’t already have enough to deal with problems like habitat loss, energy development and the likes of Sarah Palin and her cronies on the loose pretending to engage in some sort of bizarre wildlife management…which includes doing things like suing the government for protecting endangered species.
Or as Friends of Animals so eloquently puts it, “ If you shoot wolves to save moose and then you shoot the moose you’re either out of your minds or in Alaska.”
It’s not so much that removing these listings would stop hunting, as it is the glib attitude that you can add a life to your cart with a coffee maker or antique lamp.