Hunters holding other hunters to a standard of sportsmanlike conduct-Is that an attack on hunting?
ask because a firestorm has erupted over PHASA's recent decision to
accept captive-bred lions as an acceptable form of hunting. (See this
month's coverage of the PHASA decision on page 4.) Several organizations
and many hunters have publicly rejected and distanced themselves from
PHASA over this decision. This has led proponents to cry foul, calling
it another example of hunters attacking hunters. But at the core of the
controversy is the question: when as a community do we decide that a
practice is unacceptable and has no place in our sport? Is that an
attack or simply a standard to which we hold ourselves whether the law
requires it or not?
Do we accept that sport
hunting is the intention to kill and not the actual killing? Or do we go
shopping for the color, shape and score of what we want to take home to
put on a wall or list in a record book? If we don't get exactly what we
want, do we cry foul? Must we be guaranteed a kill? A score? A ranking?
Is this sport; is this hunting?...