You know someone isn’t very animal-friendly when hunting groups make glowing statements about them. The US Sportsman Alliance, one of those pro-hunting group, is very excited about Obama’s new nomination for the new director of the US Fish and Wildlife service. Last week Obama nominated Sam D. Hamilton to take the reigns. Here’s the problem: Sam Hamilton is stooge for hunters. Nearly every major hunting group has issued a press release saying they are ecstatic about his nomination. Why? Because Hamilton let’s hunters do whatever they want. Who’s speaking up for the animals?
“Sam is an excellent choice to be the new Director of FWS,” stated William Horn, director of federal affairs for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. “He’s been great to work with over the years and brings much common sense to an agency with huge responsibility over the future of our natural resources.” Animals are not natural resources. They are thoughtful, emotional, sentient beings. Animals exist for their own reasons, not as resources for us to use and manage.
Hunters often say they are interested in conservation and pay lip service to respecting the natural world. If they really care about wildlife, why do hunters roam the woods maiming and killing animals? There’s nothing natural about out gunning down wildlife and dragging their bodies back to some suburban home. They say it keeps populations in check, but that is just a rationalization for a cruel bloodsport. We have a huge dog and cat overpopulation problem. Imagine the outrage if some vigilantes went around shooting dogs and cats “to control the population”. Why is it any different for deer, beavers, or any other animal who is regularly hunted?
I don’t doubt Hamilton’s credentials. He has clearly spent a long time working in his field. But we are living in a time of ecological crisis. The United States government should not be appointing leaders who view animals and the earth as mere commonodies to be used for our own gain. That’s the kind of thinking that created the global climate crisis and perpetuates systematic animal abuse. Obama has made some good appointments so far, but this is not one of them.
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