Ok, so there's no hiding the fact that I'll go toe-to-toe with Palin about the inaccurate Pit Bull comment. She thinks she's the only feisty female out there? Don't push me when it comes to dogs. Nor wolves.
This is not about being a Democrat or a Repulican, but about what's right — or in this case wrong.
This also isn't an anti-hunting rant. I'm all for hunting — humanely — if the game being killed is used for food. There's nothing wrong with taking a deer or a moose down with a single swift shot. The meat will be used all winter and it's not a "wasted kill."
Palin supports hunting wolves (yes, wolves) from the air.
Aerial shooting yields better results than traditional hunting, since
it allows the hunter to cover a lot of ground quickly and track target
animals from a clear vantage point. Historically, hunters also used
planes to drive animals—polar bears in Alaska and elk in Montana, among
others—toward gunmen waiting on the ground. But many hunters found the
practice unsportsmanlike, since it violates the "fair chase" ethic, and
animal rights activists call it inhumane,
since airborne gunmen rarely get a clean (i.e., relatively painless)
kill. In response to concerns like these, Congress passed the Federal
Airborne Hunting Act of 1972, which made it illegal for hunters to
shoot animals from a plane or helicopter. Read more (if you can stand it) here. (This paragraph from The Slate.)
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