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January 25, 2007

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Discussion Topic: Should Elk Farms Be Banned?

Just a couple days ago, we posted a link to Tom Remington's Black Bear Blog, where in a recent post Tom dug up a disturbing connection between sportsmen's groups and the Humane Society. Now this, also from the Black Bear Blog:

On the heels of the debate in full swing in Idaho, members of a hunting organization in Oregon have stooped so low as to be partnering up with their biggest enemy, the Humane Society of the United States. The Oregon Hunters Association, along with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, has teamed up with HSUS to put an end to elk farming there.

Using the events in eastern Idaho last summer where elk escaped a ranch there, the unlikely and disturbing coalition is using much of the same misinformation to instill unfounded fear in the people in order to ban elk farming.

What’s your reaction to such a coalition? And do you think elk farming should be banned?

Comments

Jake Benson

I think elk farms should be banned because the number of wild elk is growing rapidly. There are no need for elk farms.

tom

you mean it isn't my God-given right to fork over $10,000 to kill a pen-raised 7 x 7 elk?
Pen hunts should be allowed for the dumb and lazy but under NO circumstances should the governing body of ANY sportmans' organization sanction or recognize the animals taken under those conditions.
No trophy status should be conveyed on any animal that is not free-ranging.

Mike Diehl

No they should not be banned. There is no obvious reason to do so, biologically speaking, at this point. Were it the case that elk farms seriously threatened wild populations I could be convinced to change my mind.

"High fence" is not my cup of tea. Neither is trophy hunting. But I'm not going to insist that someone else NOT hunt "high fence" or register their trophies. I can't see how I am harmed by these activities, even though I don't pursue 'em myself.

Ed J

No they should not be banned.I agree with you Mike. Not anything I would do. Remember the Giant Canada Goose was thought to be extinct except for a farmer in Minnesota kept a small number fed on his farm. I don't think that would happen to say elk but it always there.

Ed J

BTW Before the CWD issue comes up, that was first found in the wild, Colorado if I remember correctly. I seem to have some trouble with that lately.

James C. Goodman Jr.

Elk farms shouldn't be banned, they help produce more Elk, which is life!! Also most importantly not every elk is killed by a hunter.




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