Discrediting Non-Hunters by Calling their Argument Emotional is Unfair
Hunting is an emotional issue. The early rise, preparing of the equipment, clothing,
rifle or bow and the anticipation of a successful hunt are invigorating. Entering
the game's habitat with the tracking and interpreting of signs brings confidence
that only expert knowledge can provide.
Every part of the outdoor experience is emotionally charged for the hunter as well as for the non-hunting wildlife lover. To try to discredit the non-hunter's efforts of trying to stop aerial wolf killing by calling his or her actions emotional is hypocritical and unfair.
While one appreciates the importance of rational objectivity over emotion as one way of looking at the world, there is also a body of research now showing that emotional intelligence plays an important complementary role in making good decisions.
Maury Mason / Executive Director, Alaska Wildlife Alliance / Anchorage
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