Ezra Klein writes:
One thing to be clear on: Dick Cheney wasn’t hunting. He wasn’t doing what Ted Nugent does, or what Indians used to do. Cheney was killing things.
I have to agree:
Monday’s hunting trip to Pennsylvania by Vice President Dick Cheney in which he reportedly shot more than 70 stocked pheasants and an unknown number of mallard ducks at an exclusive private club places a spotlight on an increasingly popular and deplorable form of hunting, in which birds are pen-reared and released to be shot in large numbers by patrons. The ethics of these hunts are called into question by rank-and-file sportsmen, who hunt animals in their native habitat and do not shoot confined or pen-raised animals that cannot escape.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today that 500 farm-raised pheasants were released yesterday morning at the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township for the benefit of Cheney’s 10-person hunting party. The group killed at least 417 of the birds, illustrating the unsporting nature of canned hunts. The party also shot an unknown number of captive mallards in the afternoon.
Personally, I don’t care much for guns. I am against most attempts at gun control, and think people should be allowed to own weapons to defend themselves, to hunt with, and to use for sport. I hate hand guns, as all they are for is killing people. I have no problem with hunting, particularly deer and game that can be used for constructive purposes. But simply spending a day killing 70 birds- birds you have no intent to eat? That is just sick.
I don’t think I could ever look at myself in the mirror again, let alone my cat, were I to engage in this sort of behavior. And I have no idea why anyone would think it is fun.
*** Update ***
Apparently that is an old press release, and not the trip that happened the other day. I stand corrected, yet I still think it is sick.