Animal rights extremists spend a lot of time and effort online and elsewhere reprimanding hunters (who give the vast majority of money, time and effort toward wildlife conservation in the first place) for being “cruel”—often accusing us of psychopathy and a lack of morals. So as a contributor to this website, as food for thought, I wanted to share a sampling of some morally questionable moves made by animal rights extremists that have made news headlines over the past year alone.
3. Animal Rights Activists Vow to “Hunt Hunters” in New Jersey Anti-hunting extremists with the BEAR Group in New Jersey threatened violence last fall against hunters for pursuing a safe, legal, ethical and scientifically-backed bear hunt. Denouncing the violent threats, state hunting groups issued a press release pointing to how animal rights extremists threatened hunters saying, "They need to get shot."
5. Anti-Hunters Lie, Claim Hunters Are Trapping Bears in Basements! Okay, this one is actually funny. Anti-hunters really said this—and stuck by it. In October, Brian Hackett, the state HSUS director in New Jersey, stood shoulder to shoulder with state-level anti-hunting extremists when the claim was made that hunters were trapping black bears (which can top 800-plus pounds) for months, keeping them alive so that they could then shoot them in the basement during the legal hunting season. And if they believe that, in the words of country music star George Strait, “I have some oceanfront property in Arizona” to sell them.
About the Author Cody McLaughlin is a noted conservationist and conservative thought leader on public policy issues including hunting, fishing, gun rights, free-market tax and wage policy and the environment. He works as a GOP consultant for conservative political causes, managing clients’ digital communications and online presence and as a trustee of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, helping to represent the state’s 1.2 million sportsmen in the political arena.