35 online
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 21 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Stormin' Norman Shooting for Cancer Patients

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   No comments
Message Martha Rosenberg
Become a Fan
  (84 fans)
For PR purposes, hunting groups like to present themselves as conservationists and wildlife defenders and find actual uses for the animals they harvest.

If people were eating the doves and pheasants and quail that are shot, goes the thinking--sometimes right out of their pens as Vice President Dick Cheney is wont to do--it couldn't be as easily said that hunters just like to kill things.

But efforts to redeem the hunters' image through getting people to eat their handiwork have failed.

In Illinois, despite complaints that the once endangered Canadian goose has overpopulated corporate parks, residential subdivisions and golf ranges, there was no support for a cull. Even though proceeds were supposed to go to seniors or the poor.

Sure the birds are territorial, everyone agreed and their road apples hard to miss. But should that earn them the death penalty? When you can just shake their eggs to control their population?

And besides--how do you get people to eat something you know you wouldn't eat yourself: "This is a dirty pest no one wants around--but it will make a nice meal?" You could say that about a pigeon.

It was even worse in Wisconsin. Thanks to chronic wasting disease, essentially mad cow disease for deer, "free fire zones" were created in 2002 in which all deer would be killed including does and fawns to wipe out the disease.

Why kill them when they're dying anyway? For the same reason Wisconsin has 700 licensed deer and elk farms: deer hunting is a $400 million business in the state.

But of course there was a little wrinkle. The perfectly good deer meat could also be lethal. And not surprisingly, food pantries refused the largesse despite an attached informed consent flier from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources--or maybe because of it.

("You want us to eat what?" you could practically hear the poor saying while some historian reminded everyone about Native Americans and infected blankets. )

Now comes news that Safari Club International (SCI)--a U.S.-based advocacy group that promotes, just like it sounds, Teddy Roosevelt style big-game hunting--is giving meat to cancer patients. Sportsmen Against Cancer, an outgrowth of SCI's Sportsmen Against Hunger, gives game meat free to cancer patients "whose ability to recover can be adversely affected by non-organic meats that contain hormones." 1

"We don't call our meat organic," says Angie Hall, chairperson of the Naples/Fort Myers Safari Club which recently held a Sportsmen Against Cancer event attended by Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. "However, it is not very likely that wild animals were injected with hormones. Patients swear by the program. The meat builds their strength."

"We're able to provide the proper type of nutrition to people with cancer," agreed Stormin' Norman who himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993 and now works with charities. 2

While the American Cancer Society is fighting "fast and furious" to find the cure, writes Hall on the SCI Foundation web site, "I know there are sportsmen and women who are going to see that today's cancer patients will have the wild game they need now to see the cure for their future."

SCI has other humanitarian programs too.

Like its Disabled Hunter, Sensory Safari and Safari Wish programs.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Martha Rosenberg Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Grassley Investigates Lilly/WebMD link Reported by Washington Post

The Drug Store in Your Tap Water

It's the Cymbalta Stupid

Are You Sure You're Not Psychotic Asks Shameless Drug Company?

Another Poorly Regulated "Derivative"--the Antidepressant Pristiq

MRSA and More. Antibiotics Linked to Obesity and Allergies, Too

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend