Monday, January 09, 2012 12:44 PM
To my fellow members; RAbear51, long52, LBshooter, flags, marxhunter, Countywide, and dive2909:
I am amazed at the overwhelmingly “PETA flavored”, “bleeding heart”, “high horsed”, “Holier then thou” responses that you have given to this post. Now, before you get to upset try and consider that you have set the tone of this rebuttal. You are not the only ones that disagree with Josh’s view of “quill pigs”. You are, however, the only ones who have been unable to simply state that you feel differently without needing to “correct” the ideology of everyone else.
In exercising the rights that you feel you have to pass judgment, shame on all of you for the tone and condescending nature of your comments. I can’t help but notice that they sound frighteningly close to the arguments of anti-hunting and anti-gun adversaries that would love to strip us of the rights that have in these areas.
Josh posed a question at the beginning of his article, “..do you consider them to be docile forest friends or harmful pricks?” He then proceeded to give you his answer and invite you for yours. You then proceeded to inform him how “wrong” his answer was. In return I would like to remind you that your answers, in my opinion, would lump you with porcupines: “harmful pricks”.
All heated debate aside, every hunter’s opinion is just that; his or her opinion. As long as an activity is not illegal and does not put any one at risk, it is their decision. It is very unfair and, I would add, un-sportsman like to require everyone to share your views. I can’t help but think that if this article had been about coyotes no one would have had an issue.
I agree with Josh in his view of “quill pigs”. They are a pest. Just like coyote, raccoon, rats, mice, termites, etc. If you don’t feel that way that’s fine. (Now, was that so hard.)