I don't know about you, but I have a healthy respect for bears. I have seen some in the wild and am always impressed by their apparent health! Bears are magnificent but I try to stay away from them. We are displacing them from their territory every day and they have no where else to go so when we infringe we might expect a violent result. When I see them as mauling a hunter I have no compassion for the hunter. Yet they are hunted always as a trophy to represent the courage and prowess of the great white hunter.
Canuck's winger David Booth's idea of hunting has a different twist. Perhaps not brave enough to enter our wild country in BC to hunt a bear, David went to Alberta where 'bear-baitng' is legal.
The term "bear baiting" may be used for the hunting practice of luring a bear to an arranged killing spot with bait. The 'hunter' places an amount of food, such as raw meat or sweets, every
day at a given spot until he knows the food is being taken
each day. Told by bear tracks. He then chooses a day to await the
bear, killing it when it arrives to feed. Such bear baiting is legal in
many states in the U.S. The Humane Society reports that, Bear baiting is banned in 18 of the 27 states that allow bear hunting. Sometimes, in those nine other states, bear baiting can account for up to 75% of the 'hunting' bear deaths.
The hunter needn't even get out of his car! No need for camouflage clothing, even Bozo could do it in full pink and yellow costume! So much for stealth, bravery and skill in the wilderness. Why not just start up your pickup and run over the animal? In this case, the bear was just sniffing around at the bait when killed!
Booth defended himself by posting a video link on Twitter. “You
all know i (sic) shot a bear heres how ... you have every right not to watch
just like i have the right to choose to hunt,” he tweeted along with a
YouTube link. Evidently he was involved with a TV program called the Edge. (not joking)
YouTube, reacting to the disgust of so many took down the video.
It is not the fact that Booth was hunting, nor that he choose the cowardly practice of baiting to kill, it is the fact that he was proud enough to display his ignorance of wild creatures on a social network and the inconsideration of his position as a public person looked up to by many impressionable kids that reveals Booth's character.
I wonder if this is the kind of mentality we want representing the Vancouver Canucks? The fact that he makes over four million dollars a season and has been at best a fourth line player is enough to consider trading him this off season. Time to go, David, and take your big black rug with you.
We need better character than that on a Canadian team.
another great white hunter link - - - http://caterwauls.blogspot.ca/2005/05/california-bans-internet-hunting.html