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Q: What do you think of Sarah Palin's.....

September 16, 2008 | By Cady Lynn | 14 answers | Expired: 2129 days ago

Cady Lynn

What do you think of Sarah Palin's idea of killing wolves because they eat caribou and elk which are the usual game for hunters? And how she fought to keep Polar Bears OFF the endangered list?......Not trying to start any fights...just genuinely curious..

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BGJ
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BGJ

Sep 29, 2008

The official word here in Northern New York is that there are no wolves. Some of us have noticed that they are very slowly returning. It's a long hard fight for those populations to survive and no guarantee that they'll recover if mismanaged and overhunted. Be careful up there in Alaska. Take a cautionary lesson from the lower 48.

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Jo D.
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Sep 19, 2008

I think that by killing any animal with an arial assault is wrong. I do not live in Alaska, and have never been there, but I know I wouldn't want to be hunted down by a person in a helicopter shooting a high powered rifle at me.

I am just appaulled at the lack of care and consideration that this woman has shown to the animals in Alaska.

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Ren & Brandy
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Sep 17, 2008

With all due respect to all those commenting here --- what makes any of you think predators choose to target the weak and sick in their prey? They only do it out of necessity. Certainly none of you believe that if a wolf/bear/lion/etc. had its choice, it would choose the weaker meal?? Animals don't judge, they know what they want/need and they choose the easiest route....which means the weak or sick animals in most cases involving a meal. Keep in mind that any animal population loses its "natural" way of being once humans get involved so as long as humans are sharing a habitat, hunting, etc. -- predator populations have to be controlled.

That said, I LOVE LOVE LOVE wolves so the idea of killing them is absolutely horrible to me, but I also have horses and livestock, and I don't know how sentimental I'd be if I had an overgrown wolf population feeding on my pets.

So, just my opinion and obviously not a solution for anything :) and I am certainly not a Palin fan as it is most definitley NOT legal for me to get married unless I live in California or Mass.

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Kate H.
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Sep 17, 2008

My daughter lives in Alaska and I just returned from there, I seen all the fur shops and the gifts shops that even sell baleen from whales. I don't like it but up there it's a way of life. Alaskans eat what they kill. It seems very funny to me that no one ever mentioned that Dick Cheney was a hunter when he was appointed VP, and I bet he was more of a trophy hunter then a hunter who eats what he kills.

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Julie Kay S.
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Sep 17, 2008

Although my answer will likely not be popular with many, I'm simply asking ZooTooers to consider that there is much more to large predators than will be found on the cable channels. How many have heard of Kenton Joel Carnegie? Visit www.google.com and put Kenton's name (or just "Kenton Carnegie") in the search box. While today's "kinder, gentler" and "politically correct" change agents would have the world think that the lion's true nature is to lie down with the lamb -- or that a pack of wolves, a cougar, etc., won't kill family pets, ranch dogs, etc. -- the truth is that large predators are meat eaters. Most people fit this category, too (meat eaters). Separating the mythical symbolism from the real world may make the wolf, cougar, bear, alligator, or whatever, look somehow "romantic" or alluring, but the truth is different. Rather than accept at face value what is said in order to get viewers ("tv specials"), I ask that you do your homework and read a lot more about large predators, that's all.

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Liz P.
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Sep 16, 2008

I think our arrogance that we are the supreme beings is going to bite us in the tuckus (sp?) one of these days. Wolves, geese, deer, terrorist sharks, wild horses...it is ridiculous. We keep developing reaching further into the wilderness, cutting down trees/habitats and slapping down asphalt. But like the one poster said, doubtful Palin will go on a wolf genocide if she gets into office. I think there are bigger fish to fry (no pun intended).

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PJ W.
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Sep 16, 2008

Oh, and the polar bear.....people are under the impression this is their planet and they are in for a rude awakening. The polar bear is endangered because of our greed. We need to fix what we broke.

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PJ W.
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Sep 16, 2008

Since man is the only animal that kills for sport I find all of it inhumane. The predator preys on the sick and weak and keeps them from starving to death (overpopulation) To sentecce a breed of animal to death so an idiot human can go after another breed for sport is abominable to me. There is a cirlce of life and any picture I have seen depicting it does not include a picture of an idiot with a gun. Quite frankly if they MUST hunt something I think they should hunt each other.

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NewfGirl
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Sep 16, 2008

Helen had a great comment - There's a difference between the reason humans hunt and the reasons animals hunt, usually. Wolves are part of the ecosystem and should remain so, targeting as they instinctively do the weaker, sicker, older of the prey. Trophy hunters go for the biggest and most beautiful, depriving the gene pool of those traits that make it desirable to human hunters. I say if there's still a "surplus" of caribou and elk after the wolves, bears etc have their fill, then I could probably accept responsible hunting by human beings, provided the eat or utilize what they hunt instead of doing it wastefully.

Obviously, a staunch vegan/animal rights activist will have another view, and I fully support their right to do so. But coming from another non-vegetarian, that's my point of view on hunters and hunting.

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Geoff G.
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Sep 16, 2008

As a responsible breeder of exotic birds, thereby daily bringing new life into the world, my deeply held view is that all bird & animal life is precious. So, indiscriminate killing of any member of the bird & animal wildlife kingdom, young or old, is contrary to all my personal natural instincts - although let it be said that I am not a vegetarian! So, I am forced to accept that there is a real difference between killing for necessary food production (as has occurred since neolithic(?)times) and "indiscriminate" killing "for sport"! However, I hope & trust that I am always fully sensitive to and respectful of the equally strongly- and genuinely-held considered beliefs of others. Personally, I do not hunt, shoot, or fish - although in my early years I do recall going occasionally to fish in England's country streams! Nonetheless, I recognise that responsible hunters and "mercy killers" have their rights & needs also. I do have trouble, however, in accepting indiscriminate killing of wildlife "for sporting pleasure". All things considered, I suppose that my "bottom line" is that such killing is just about acceptable if conducted responsibly and within the law of the land. If we are still opposed to other folks', presumably lawful, behaviour, such as cited in Cady Lynn's original question, then folks do have recourse to the democratic process on which our great country was founded! Tolerance, compromise & argument represent the way forward, I believe.
Geoff G.
www.forestparkaviaries.org/zootoo.html

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