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Sadistic Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Social Media Facebook Presence

“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.” ― Edward Abbey

Posted by Kevin Brown on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    • “Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.” ― Edward Abbey

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      • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources “Moral and esthetic superiority”? How so–By what standard? If it weren’t for sportsmen leading in conservation efforts there would be precious little wildlife and many other natural resources in North America today.
        • Kevin Brown By what standard? How about the standard of common human decency? Killing innocent, defenseless animals for “sport” is the ultimate act of cowardness. There is something wrong with people who kill for fun, whose self-worth is determined by having the hSee More
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        • Lora Marie Sanborn Kevin Brown well said!!
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        • Tanner Jessel Sadly some wildlife needs to be culled for the animals’ own health (deer are an example), however I’ll never understand the minds of those who see taking a life as anything more than a somber event. We need a “culture of life” and leadership by example from our governing agencies. I’m grateful to hunters but will never see the “fun” or “happiness” in taking a life, necessary or not.
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        • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Kevin Brown, the problem with your “common human decency” argument is that the vast majority of Americans support legal, regulated hunting. Although you and Edward Abbey may be opposed to hunting are certainly free to hold to your beliefs, you did not present any rationale to support how harvested game animals are morally or esthetically superior to the hunters who harvest them. The reference we made to “precious little wildlife” was what we would most likely have today if it weren’t for the investment and work of sportsmen–hunters and anglers–over the last 100 years, who have invested billions of dollars and untold other resources through licenses, fees and other voluntary contributions to restore GAME AND NONGAME WILDLIFE and their habitats. The percentage of people who hunt solely for “sport” is no doubt extremely small, and most of them in fact use or donate their meat to people in need. Most hunters feed their families with their harvests, and are thus much more in tune with the conservation issues affecting wildlife than the average person who does not. Please try to be less judgmental in imputing motivations and values to people that you don’t know.
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      • Mary Southworth OK with hunting, not with ‘wildlife’ agencies that kill by default and gloat about it.
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      • David Tapp I thought posting pictures online of our food was the cool thing to do in today’s world. What’s wrong with posting pictures of our food in it’s original packaging?
      • Tanner Jessel Posing with dead animals for photos should be disallowed on gov’t time & dime. Encouraging “trophy” or “memento” photos of smiling humans posing with bloodied, dead animals from fans on your Facebook page is in poor taste and of questionable moral grounding for the majority of Americans, even if the majority of Americans support hunting (as I do). You are free to choose your own ethical principles in Kentucky; although you should know that Kentucky is unique among Southeast wildlife management agencies, and I would suspect among wildlife agencies nationally, in posting images of brutalized animals as “mementos.” I personally would not be in such good spirits after such a beautiful animal, wild or not, died of asphyxiation from a gunshot wound to the thoracic cavity. “Most” other human beings would seem to agree, “As upsetting as the officers’ photo is — as a ‘memento’ or otherwise — it’s hardly a departure from the types of content shared publicly by the agency. ”…
      • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources You and others have imputed “trophy” motivations for the photo that was intended to be a personal memento of a unique work situation. It was not distributed at their request or with their permission. You are mistaken about other fish and wildlife agencies in the region not posting and allowing posts of harvested animals (fish and wildlife) on their pages. BTW, harvesting an animal with a humane shot is not “brutalizing” it; many (perhaps most) veterinarians and most animal welfare laws or regulations designate well-placed firearms shots as ethical means of dispatching animals. Fishing and hunting are very important socially, culturally, and historically in Kentucky. Unfortunately, many people in our society are out of touch with where their food comes from; hunters and anglers obtain their own natural, free-range food and are not ashamed of it. We include on our page information about a wide range of fish and wildlife topics, including hunting and fishing, but also conservation education and conservation of nongame fish and wildlife. We respect your views and welcome you to stay engaged here, but if you are repulsed by hunting and fishing photos this page may not be well suited to your tastes.
        • Tanner Jessel It is ethical to “dispatch” an animal humanely. It is not ethical to be joyful about it. Big difference. My tastes are fine, and you’re wrong about other agencies posting images of dead, bloody creatures. Fish, I’ll give you that, but not mangled, bloodied wildlife. Do you actively monitor other regional wildlife agencies social media? I doubt it. I do, as part of volunteer work with another wildlife conservation group. I’m also an Information Scientist and I’ve given formal talks on use of social media for wildlife conservation. You take the taco in the Southeast, pal. Take it from an expert: you’re unique in your celebration of brutality towards animals.