Rais­ing Cain

The Compass - - OPINION -

There must be no money to be made on an anti-cari­bou hunt mis­sion, like the bun­dles that have been made over the years on anti-seal hunt pro­mo­tions. The il­le­gal cari­bou hunt the Que­bec Innu en­gaged in on the Labrador side of the bor­der last month should have ac­tivists com­ing out of their skin over the sense­less killing of th­ese an­i­mals.

Per­haps un­nec­es­sary killing prompts th­ese ac­tivists only when there is a spe­cific species with a profit to be made at­tached to it; leav­ing us to won­der­ing if the protests are prompted by what’s close to their hearts or wal­lets.

Where are you Paul McCart­ney, Paul Wat­son, Pamela An­der­son or even Se­na­tor Mac Harb? Hey, there’s blood­shed go­ing down and we’d kinda wel­come you folks this time.

I guess there’s no need to gather up the red car­pet, an ugly old cari­bou is not about to have the same sell­ing power as ‘a cute lit­tle white coat’.

But it would be a re­fresh­ing change to show them how the peo­ple of this prov­ince are not a bunch of bar­bar­ians, want­ing to kill ev­ery an­i­mal in sight. We do re­spect the con­ser­va­tion of the threat­ened species and breeds.

Peo­ple in this prov­ince are out­raged over the ac­tions of the Que­bec Innu and are frus­trated and mad­dened they can just come in and do it un­der our noses.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Kathy Dun­derdale has made the right call by giv­ing her con­cern, first, to the safety and well be­ing of en­force­ment of­fi­cers who are work­ing in a re­mote lo­ca­tion with a bunch of de­ter­mined hun­ters.

It is key the Que­bec Innu who are en­gaged in this hunt have bla­tantly in­di­cated a com­plete lack of re­spect for the laws in this prov­ince and coun­try, when it comes to the pro­tec­tion of an en­dan­gered herd.

Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als had high-pow­ered ri­fles in hand. No re­spect for the law and firearms can cer­tainly be a deadly com­bi­na­tion; there­fore the Min­is­ter called it right, it’s bad enough to have the blood of the en­dan­gered herd on the ground without hu­man blood as well.

She had lit­tle choice.

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