Interesting HSUS Response to Bush Pardons
I wrote about Bush pardoning intentional coyote killer and accidental bald eagle killer, Leslie O. Collier, on Surreal Speciesist Sunday. A similar pardon went to Milton "Kirk" Cordes, a member of Dakota Safaris, which is a private big-game hunting operation. According to ArgusLeader.com, he "conspired to obtain mule-deer buck licenses that were given to out-of-state hunters who booked hunts with the group but couldn't get their own licenses in annual drawings. Prosecutors said nonresidents shot deer that were tagged with licenses belonging to Dakota Safaris members, thus violating laws that ban the transfer of hunting licenses to others."
If anyone was wondering how strongly the Humane Society of the United States feels about the injustice–the taking of sentient life unnecessarily–committed by poachers, the answer is: very strongly. Poaching is bad. Very bad. In "Pardon Me for Poaching," HSUS' Mark Markarian writes:
But then comes the "interesting" part of the HSUS response:
Wildlife resources belong to all the people? Wildlife are resources and they belong to someone other than themselves? I had no idea.
Finally, Markarian believes Bush's pardon "demonstrates little more than contempt for animals and the environment." I agree. But what does the HSUS' notion that wildlife are resources who/that belong to us demonstrate?