Ravindrane wrote:It is unfortunate that evidence of his trophy got into the hands of so called protectors of wild life. Invariably all the shooters at all the levels, are hunters by instinct. It is an instinct passed on from the day of our existence in the forest. All the IFGians, I think have it in their genes. Let us not shy away from the hard truth and deny the fact. What is in the genes cannot be forbidden by laws. Istead of we having laws forbidding what is running in our blood could ennact laws which can rationalize and give vent to the instincts in a rational way. It is not buy hunters that we are loosing the wild life. Every one knows why?. Why cannot the so called protectors expose them all and give the media Blast? Charlatans!!
With due respect, while I agree with the general line of your thinking, I disagree with some of your words expressed above.
It is NOT
unfortunate that his "trophy" got into the hands of others.Good or bad, the law is there and it needs to be followed.If he broke the law and that's the genuine evidence, he has to pay the price.
While hunting has been part of human life from eternity, in this age there are many who make a conscious choice not to hunt and that includes many gun owners.You will find many such members on IFG who do not hunt or support it even where hunting is allowed and legal. While I disagree with them,I respect their choice.
Your words suggest that you think that many legal gun owners hunt.Please correct me if I am wrong. There are many things that are instinctual but forbidden by law and we obey those laws.Hunting is no exception.Legal gun owners are not different.Like any other group or individuals, they obey the law and the compliance is commensurate with the rest of the society,if not the compliance is higher.
You are right about laws alone being unable to protect the wildlife and legal hunting not being the cause of its decimation.It's a shame that the authorities and wildlife conservation groups do not realise or accept the positive role that legalised and sustainable hunting can play in the protection and conservation of wildlife. The rabblerousers and self-serving intellectual hypocrites unfortunately do not allow reason to prevail.
PS: Did anyone hear in the youtube video how casually Mairaj was accused of having terrorist connections? Wildlife offences in the face of the evidence is understandable.Terrorist?