Kill Wild Animals to Feed the Homeless and Poor?
This project is both a little difficult to believe and comprehend, but apparently The Sportsman’s Channel has a project, including a city tour, to bring wild game to hungry, needy people, including people at shelters. Of course helping people without means is unobjectionable, but why in such a particular, labor-intensive and animal-killing manner?
Todd Hansen, Chief Marketing Officer of the Sportsman Channel was quoted: “We’re thrilled to bring our Hunt.Fish.Feed.SM initiative, a program that in its first year provided thousands of the nation’s hungry with nutrient-rich meals, to the Los Angeles community, especially during an economic time that finds more and more people in need every day.”
The LA Times reported that the following animals were served to citizens at a local shelter: elk, deer, wild pig and black bear. Why shoot an elk or a black bear though, when you could spend the money used for gasoline, bullets, permits, beverages and other hunting gear, on some much more affordable produce from a local market? And avoid killing wild animals. There’s already a massive food production infrastructure available that generates tremendous volumes of affordable food. In others words, it’s much cheaper to support people in need by donating food purchased from a local market. Also, animal meat is not any more “nutrient-rich” than other foods. Kate Linthicum of the LA Times notes, “Vegetarians were out of luck.”
The project site has a link to a game processor locator, by state. Processing the game is a costly and inefficient way to feed as many hungry people as possible.
The project may feed some hungry people for one meal at each shelter on their tour, but it also smacks of self-promotion. In this case, the promotion of killing wild animals for sport.