calling it sport is just making a rod for your own back, it,s pest control all the way,
KILLING. IS KILLING. dont be so nieve as to think you can hide behind a few words. like shooter/ stalker/ . as far as your average anti is concerned.. everyone that kills animals in whatever way by whatever method FOR WHATEVER REASON. is fair game.
But there is a difference between killing for the sake of it and killing for conservation of the natural balance or the table.
conservation is a good word to hide behind. as it is bigger . try that one on the anti's. it wont work any more than it works on me. unless your in a paid job. then your out there becouse you enjoy it.. as far as anti hunters are concerned killing animals is unjustifiable. so try to justify it all you like. it wont work.
using other branches as cannon fodder will be counter productive also. this is my take on things
Just because people enjoy shooting doesn't mean there isn't a purpose behind it.
Equally yes, no reason for killing animals, no matter how good, will please the antis because the many are against ANY killing. These are the same people who campaign against animal farming and eating meat full stop, and many would like to stop angling.
So, I don't need to make excuses for shooting. The reasons behind it are there and for all to see:
- Most salt marshes in this country (I believe it's about 80%) are looked after and managed by shooting interests.
- Most farmers grant permissions because they have a pest problem not because they want to give pleasure to urban cowboys
- Most managed shoots eg Pheasants and Grouse etc are about revenue, jobs, species and habitat conservation (the money raised from most shoots pays to keep and manage the habitats which would otherwise be lost), and of course the spoils go as food to the table.
There's nothing there that isn't justified and if you are the rare person who gets pleasure purely from the killing aspect, then even then, the reason for you getting your permission from the farmer is entirely different to the reason you pursue shooting, so you may be shooting for shootings sake, but to the farmer and the countryside, you're providing a service.