Laura Nirenberg, Trevor Desane and E. Anne Benaroya
"Historically, wildlife agencies' primary objective has been to increase preferred game species' populations for the purpose of satisfying hunters' demands for more live-targets to shoot. State agency budget, reliant on the sale of hunting licenses and matching federal funding, ultimately cater to hunters -- a small yet vocal minority whose interests dictate wildlife policies. Consequently, the demands for violence towards animals overshadow the interests of the majority of the public who strive to be wise stewards and coexist with wildlife in their natural environment. An analysis of the current state of recreational hunting in america exposes a vast bureaucracy reliant upon enormous sums of money and far-reaching influence to maintain the public perception that killing animals for recreation is necessary for both humans and wildlife alike."
Killing for Fun(ds): The Centerpiece of Agency Interactions with Wildlife
By Laura Nirenberg, Trevor Desane and E. anne Benaroya, Center for Wildlife Ethics, March 7, 2017.
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