HSUS PLEADS WITH KENTUCKY GOVERNOR TO END BEAR HUNT
Recently, HSUS sent a letter to the office of the Governor of Kentucky, begging him to put an end to the successful bear hunt in the state because the first season (bow hunting) took more bears than anticipated.
The Humane Society of the United States has made false claims about the sustainability of the bear populations despite the opinions of well-trained biologists and proven science. In an attempt to further their radical animal rights agenda they used outright lies and emotional arguments to try and manipulate the Governor to override the correct political process, the General Assembly's Administrative Regulations subcommittee which has rightfully ignored HSUS claims.
In response, our friends at the Sportsmen’s Alliance sent a letter of their own. Their letter urged the governor to continue to put faith in science and his own institutions that have come out in full support of the bear hunt, even as HSUS disseminated their false information.
The spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mark Marrccini, has shared the state’s estimates for the bear population that are between 500-700 bears. He also stated that due to the conservative nature of their process the extra bears taken in the first season will not harm the bear population in any way.
Even assuming a lower population of bears in the state though, like the 350 reported by The Lexington Herald-Leader, the low number of bears taken will have no effect. John Cox, an assistant professor of wildlife and conservation biology at the University of Kentucky, said that the current quota will not harm the population. In fact, he said they could take slightly more than the quota, and still not harm the bear population.
Despite the overwhelming support for a hunting season as a conservation measure in the scientific community though, HSUS has been fighting it every step of the way.
Due to the growing population of bears in Kentucky and risks that brings to the table, the General Assembly has tried many different process changes to the hunting season that would address the problem. These include raising the quota, extending the season, and expanding the areas that could be hunted in, it goes without saying that HSUS opposed all of these measures.
This is just further evidence that their claim to not be anti-hunting is false. According to the Kentucky Director of the Humane Society, Kathryn Callahan, the group’s opposition to the hunt is not a statement against hunting.
“The idea, though, is any killing of animals has to be sustainable,” she said. “So, therefore, when we deal with a case of black bear hunting like we’re facing today, we know it’s not going to be a sustainable population if the hunt continues. And that really is the issue.”
This is an outright lie in an attempt of politically correct rhetoric to mask their true radical liberal animal rights agenda. As we already said, many scientists and biologists support the hunt because it is needed to make the populations of bears in the state sustainable and even numbers greater than the current quotas cannot harm the bear’s population.
As we have seen in Florida, Maine, Michigan, California, and many other states across the nation, HSUS has started a war on hunting. No amount of misleading statements can save them from their own malicious campaigns against sportsmen.
Just look at the statements from their own members in Kentucky, which are straight animal rights propaganda. Wendy Keefover of the Humane Society said, “We have two very small populations of bears in Kentucky … They should be augmenting the population rather than killing it.”
This ideology ignores simple facts.
Biologists and research shows that the bear hunting season WILL NOT HURT THE POPULATION. The main argument against the hunting season is that it will harm the populations of bears in Kentucky, which ignores science and common sense.
The harvest itself is based on very conservative numbers, and thus going over them by minor amounts will still be safe for the hunters and bear populations.
And, bear overpopulation can cause serious problems for the people of a state. They are a public safety concern; they increasingly attack humans as their population pushes them out of forests and onto streets, and they cause traffic accidents that result in injury or death of citizens.
None of that matters to radical animal rights groups, though, who value the life of bears higher than those of their fellow humans. That was apparent when PETA sent the victim of a bear attack a letter supporting the bear and asking the teenage hunter to stop participating in their family tradition.
Their stance on the issue is nothing short of sadistic.
They will do, say, and make up whatever it takes to get what they want, even if it means risking the life and well-being of humans.
Hopefully, Governor Steve Beshear will see past the thin veneer of politically correct statements, lies, and misleading information in favor of science and common sense. As of now the remaining bear hunting seasons is still in effect, so we encourage the citizens of Kentucky to participate!
Rifle season, December 12-14
Dog season, November 28-29 and December 19-20
Youth Season, December 26-27
Do you think that the Governor should stand with the decision of the people, scientists, and experts regarding the bear hunting seasons, or go rogue with his power and override common sense in favor of The Humane Society’s corrupt Animal Rights agenda?