Fabulous Fred wrote:bluecon wrote:Fabulous Fred wrote:I am of the opinion that even a Polar Bear has a right to live on this planet. Killing for food or protection is a separate issue. This is killing for "sport", and even that is not eliminated, just scaled back a bit. Not that expect they will honor the quotas anyway, they ARE above the law and they know it.They still eat the bears they just make 25k while doing it.
nonsense, ... not the 25k part, the eating part. Perhaps a few steaks if the trophy hunter doesn't mind, perhaps not. They no longer live off of the land, have you heard?What gives you the right to impose your beliefs on the Inuit?
Are they "special"? or can they hunt an animal to extinction because of their "traditions"? Narwahl come to mind???
Polar Bears have a tough enough life without having to watch for a-holes in helicopters with a 50 cal. on a tripod. That is a human activity!:lol:Maybe the Inuit don't like you raising cows and then killing them for food.
Are cows wild animals or are they domestic? Get back me after you look that up.Do they have the right to impose a vegetarian lifestyle on you?
No, and I am not imposing it on them either.
As somebody recently returned from another stint in the Arctic I can respond to this.
The apparent helicopter hunting with a 50 caliber gun is simply BS.
The Inuit, Dene, Inuvialuit eat as much locally harvested game as they possibly can. It is a preference in taste up that way.
With polar bears, the guided hunter will keep the pelt and the locals will gladly eat every ounce of the meat (aside from the liver).
There are few industries up there and there are polar bears to spare.
There is nothing wrong with letting guides make some income and get some meat out of this.
The method of hunting involves snowmobiles and high power rifles (not 50 caliber). On the open ice, it is not exactly the most sporting method but as somebody who has been on a snowmobile on the Beaufort only a few months ago, I can assure you that it is not comfortable or easy by any means.
This all comes down to the critters just being too cute and fuzzy for some to imagine being killed despite the benefit to a very limitted local economy.