Friday, August 17, 2007
Other Way, Dick
For someone who was once a militant vegan, I'm surprisingly tolerant when it comes to hunting. I've eaten meat for years now, but even when I was a vegan I considered it less inhumane to hunt an animal (ie. give it at least a chance of getting away) than to raise one for slaughter. Still, there's something about this that makes me do a doubletake. It's from President Bush's executive order directing Federal agencies to make hunting a priority in wildlife and habitat management planning:
Sec. 2. Federal Activities. Federal agencies shall, consistent with agency missions:
...Establish short and long term goals, in cooperation with State and tribal governments, and consistent with agency missions, to foster healthy and productive populations of game species and appropriate opportunities for the public to hunt those species;
So maintaining healthy and plentiful game species is no longer an end in itself, but a way to guarantee better hunting. This is obviously a sop to traditional GOP constituencies, like the gun lobby and culturally conservative hunters. But it also seems like a nod to the evangelicals, whose belief that God gave man dominion over the animals drives so many of the Christian hunting ministries.
Like I said, I have nothing against hunting. But I question whether the Federal government should be taking an active role in promoting it. This administration in particular, given Dick Cheney's track record.