Former Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer recently took his wife on a vacation in Africa. During this vacation he took her hunting. She said she wanted to watch him hunt to get a feel for hunting in Africa. So, as he wrote in an email to his friends, he shot a whole family of baboons, including babies. He also claims to have bagged a giraffe and a leopard. He says they were all legal kills, so what is the problem?
This trip angered many people, and Blake Fischer has since resigned, but now the controversy rages. James Woods, the famous actor and conservationist, went on Twitter and made the following comment. “I eat hamburgers. Somebody does the killing. I’m not going to get holier-than-thou about hunting. If you’re a carnivore somebody has to do the killing. But killing for a trophy is “absurd”. What I’d really like to see is the licensed hunting of Poachers.”
Where do I stand on this issue? Like James Woods, I have no problem with hunting per se. After all I come from a family of Pennsylvania hunters which goes back generations. Deer hunting is a state holiday in these parts. The problem I have is with hunters who really have no reason to until other than to bag a trophy for their wall. I just don’t see the sense in that kind of hunting. Especially with animals who are endangered. I don’t necessarily agree with Woods when he says that Poachers should just hunt each other for sport. I think that is going too far! However, I do believe that states should re-evaluate their hunting laws to be more protective of certain species, and I certainly believe that other countries, especially those in Africa, take a larger role in protecting trophy species. Having these animals around for our younger generations to enjoy is more important than having a trophy rack on your wall.