TOP TEN REASONS TO *OCCUPY* SPORT HUNTING
By Glenn A. Kirk
*TO OCCUPY IS TO EMBODY THE SPIRIT OF LIBERATION THAT WE WISH TO MANIFEST IN OUR SOCIETY . Declaration by "Occupy Wall Street", Liberty Park, NYC, 2011.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
WHEREAS, 95% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT HUNT AND A PROVEN MAJORITY VALUES AND ENJOYS WILDLIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR OWN SAKE,
" AND WHILE THIS OVERWHELMING MAJORITY IS VOICING CRITICAL CONCERN FOR THE FUTURE OF THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES AND THE REALITY OF AN INCREASINGLY DEGRADED AND IMPERILED NATURAL ENVIRONMENT,
" THERE REMAINS AN INTRANSIGENT 5% MINORITY OF AMERICANS KNOWN AS SPORT HUNTERS WHICH DESIRES TO PERSISTENTLY KILL AND ENDANGER AMERICAN WILDLIFE, AND THAT THIS KILLING IS PRINCIPALLY FOR RECREATION WITH NO SURVIVAL NEED,
" AND, WHILE THE ACTIVITIES OF THIS VERY SMALL MINORITY THAT HUNTS IS PROMOTED AND SUPPORTED BY STATE AND FEDERAL GAME AGENCIES WHOSE FUNCTION IS TO MAINTAIN WILDLIFE OR "GAME" SPECIES POPULATIONS IN A PERPETUAL STATE OF OVER-POPULATION TO SATISFY HUNTERS' SELFISH DEMANDS FOR LIVING TARGETS, THERE IS DANGEROUS NEGLECT OF THE CRITICAL WORK NEEDED OF HUMANKIND IN THE PRESERVATION OF LIFE-SUSTAINING BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY,
" FOR THESE AND OTHER COMPELLING REASONS, SPORT HUNTING AND ITS OFFICIAL DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF WILDLIFE ECOLOGY CAN BE JUSTLY *OCCUPIED* BY MEMBERS OF THE 95% MAJORITY, WITH THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF AN OCCUPATION BEING THE LIBERATION OF WILDLIFE AND WILD LANDS FROM THE MALEVOLENT ECONOMY OF HUNTING,
FOR THE GOOD OF THE WHOLE.
THE TOP TEN REASONS
10. Environmental concern -
Environment. Outdated and obsolete wildlife conservation strategies based on pre-ecological thought and faulty science, most conceived over 100 years ago, are still commonly practiced by state and federal game agencies. Bolstered by influential
sport hunting groups such as "Ducks Unlimited", hunter-controlled game agencies manipulate ecosystems and wildlife habitat for increased hunter satisfaction and success. Employing ecologically harmful practices such as burning, logging, bulldozing, and select planting of popular game food plants, game managers necessarily degrade biological diversity and destroy individual non-game animals and their species.
In a world where people are desperately trying to understand and heal an increasingly endangered global biosphere, disruptive alterations of the environment, intended only to stimulate ever greater populations of target animals such as deer, is not only bad science, but plain stupidity.