Before Sarah Palin turned into one of the biggest frauds of state governorship in recent U.S. history, she spent some time focusing on “really important issues” in order to pave her way into the Governor’s office. One of those issues was her strong support for allowing Alaskans to bait wild animals into open areas, then fly over them in airplanes or helicopters while gunning them down willy-nilly and calling it “sport” or “trophy” hunting.
It’s an absolutely ridiculous and environmentally ignorant practice, let alone a very cruel one. Thankfully, President Obama’s administration took this bit of the Palin legacy and threw it directly into the trash bin where it belongs.
The administration put a stop to aerial hunting practices in Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges. This will bring an end to a large amount of sport-slaughtering of grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and coyotes in these locations, and severely curtail one of the most heavily promoted Alaskan “sports” of the half-term half-wit.
If you aren’t fully aware of what aerial hunting is, it’s basically some jackass — like Sarah Palin, for instance — going around in an airplane or helicopter with guns, shooting animals just for yucks. Often these animals are lured to certain spots with bait barrels, meat scraps, or other types of food. Then, somebody like Sarah flies over them and blows them away with whatever firearms best express her “freedom.”
This stems from a policy the Alaskan state government has had been engaging in called “intensive predator management,” which comes down to one basic concept. They made it legal to bait and slaughter predators of the kind mentioned above, in order to reduce the natural predator population in an area. This would, in turn, result in an explosion of prey animal population such as deer and caribou. The larger prey animal population would attract more hunters due to them naturally reproducing at a greater rate than the previously exterminated predators in a given region.
This isn’t about “management” or “conservation” as so many Ted Nugent enthusiasts like to claim, as they absent-mindedly caress their NRA membership cards. It’s exactly the opposite. “Gun enthusiasts” are being allowed to kill off one side of an ecosystem to cause the other to explode, so that more idiots with guns can kill off the other side. It’s intentionally not conserving anything.
Sarah Palin has been a particularly disgusting promoter of this practice, by proposing a $150 bounty for the severed forelegs of each wolf killed. It’s absolutely gross.
I get that people sometimes supplement their household food stores with meat from hunting. Sometimes that helps poorer families and in areas like Alaska where people are few, it can help a local population without them having to import a lot of meats or rely on industrial-level factory farming, which has its own drawbacks.
This isn’t about any of that. It’s about people who think that they have some God-given right to abuse the environment in any way that tickles their fancy the most. It’s about people who don’t feel like “real Americans” unless they’re killing something for “sport.”
Regular hunting is still permitted in the refuges, but this practice of wholesale slaughter is now over. From now on, if some dick with a gun wants to brag about how he killed a terrifying grizzly bear, he’ll have to be standing on the same ground as the bear instead of doing the equivalent of the creepy kid that burns ants with a magnifying glass for kicks.
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