I don't hunt, but I understand why people do it. I understand wanting to dominate an animal and get that primal catharsis out. My whole thing, however, is that if you're hunting an animal, just doing it for sport is a pretty whack reason for doing so. If you're going to kill it, eat the poor thing and put it to some use. Hell, if someone killed me just for the hell of it and my death meant nothing more than something for a dude to post on Facebook to prove he's cool to his buddies, then that'd be pretty disgusting.
But let's say you're one of these dudes who's all about the "thrill of the hunt" and tracking down dangerous beasts to slay them for personal enjoyment, then that's your thing. Fine. You'd want a challenge, right? You'd want to be able to use your wiliness to track down an animal, outsmart them, and get the best of the animal to demonstrate man's superiority over the animal kingdom, correct?
Surely a real hunter wouldn't get their rocks off by attacking an animal while they're hibernating, right?
So why in the world did Congress just pass a bill that would allow hunters to kill hibernating bears?
Hunters in Alaska are now legally able to kill hibernating bears after the Trump administration repealed the band on 'Predator Control' that was passed under Obama.
Wolf cubs in dens can also be killed. The new bill even allows hunters to attack the animals from helicopters.
76.8 million acres of National Preserves that are protected under Federal rules will be affected by the lift.
Alaska State Representatives called the protection of bears a "direct attack on states' rights."
"...bad for Alaska, bad for hunters, bad for our native peoples, bad for America"
Senator Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan said that the repeal was a win for Alaska residents "who value hunting as a deep part of their culture." Because sniping baby animals from helicopters makes you such a badass, apparently.
Rep Don Young went on to say that killing baby animals is about states' rights, not baby animal murder.
"We have to recognize this is not about the little polar bears, the little grizzly bears or wolves on television, this is about the state’s right to manage — not allowing the federal government to do so. We want to be able to take and manage our fish and game for the sustainable yield — so that our fish and game will be there forever."
The Humane Society of the United States was appalled by the recent decision to lift the ban.
"What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America. If the Senate and president concur, we’ll see wolf families killed in their dens [and] bears chased down by planes," said Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle.
Young went on to say that if Alaskans don't like the laws he passes, then they should stop re-electing him.
It's interesting to note that Brett Hartl, a government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, opposes the ban lift on killing hibernating animals. The effects of 'Predator Control' are entirely situational as well. In some instances, it provides marginal benefit to animal populations, and other times, it's extremely harmful. (h/t huffington post)