I don't see an issue here. I've tanned Deer pelts, never sold them though. Just used them to make art and clothing given away as gifts. But I can understand the urge to get in touch with their roots though.
You may be right.
Though I won't eat it for spiritual reasons, I can not agree, I find it greasy and gamey, lol. But that's just my opinion.
.... Real good idea to kill the otters seeing that they are soooo prolific, eh?.. But then again, you're a zoologist, right? You just know these things.
I recall reading an article about certain groups hunting at night, blinding the deer with their head-lights and then shooting a number of the animals.
There has recently been some incidents in the news around Sundre Alberta wherein a group/individual is running around and shooting wild horses for no apparent reasons... A sad parallel to the events you have described.
Depressing and sad... I wonder how many of those animals just rotted away on the spot where they were killed.
if you don't agree with this then write a letter of complaint. it actually carries a lot more weight than you think. i disagree with this too. anybody can claim just about anything as traditional. equality means one rule. i rule that we dont kill animals for the purpose of entertainment which is really what it is if its not for food. a shrunk population also needs to be left alone. 1% a year means it will shrink every year. do people not know how to do math?
Quoting petros I tend to see the lack of benefits to an animal that blasts you in the eyes from glands in it's ***.Petros,
We are not hunting skunks. Get with the program.
as for the skunk line, makes me wich we could get rid of people more easily theres a lot of air wasters floating around.
I feel that each and every able bodied person that eats meat (animal flesh) should have to kill and butcher or at least partake in the act of killing an animal on an annual basis as a way to preserve their cultural and historic traditions.
On a related note:
Factory farms are a sign that there are too many people in the world.
I agree with Inteligento that people should kill their own meat. There would be a lot more vegetarians around... and a lot less nuts! All one has to do is visit a factory farm in order to be turned off to meat. Their treatment of animals is sick and barbaric. Most have to be pumped full of antibiotics just to keep them alive long enough to make it to the slaughter house.
U.S. National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM 200)
NSSM 200 (external - login to view) was the definitive interagency study of world population growth and its implications for United States global security, requested by President Nixon in 1974. The study was undertaken by the National Security Council, the CIA, the Defense, Agriculture and State Departments, and the Agency for International Development.
Among its conclusions:
"World population growth is widely recognized within the Government as a current danger of the highest magnitude calling for urgent measures.... There is a major risk of severe damage [from continued rapid population growth] to world economic, political, and ecological systems and, as these systems begin to fail, to our humanitarian values."
to kill something for other than food is pretty bloody gross