Council for all wildlife

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Who owns nature?

If wild birds belong to anyone, then they belong to all of us.

In relation to the proposed Utah crow hunt, and in relation to hunting issues in general, people often refer, with enthusiasm, to “opportunities to hunt.” This is presented as a universal good thing, as if there were no costs or consequences to anyone else.

This is fundamentally untrue. There are very real costs and consequences.

If there were no species at all that hunters could hunt in Utah, then hunters might indeed feel a sense of deprivation. However, dozens of bird and mammal species can already be hunted in Utah.

There need to be limits

Nothing in life comes without a cost, and it is the nature of life that there are always limitations. We all get used to living within these limitations, which are necessary out of respect for society and other human…

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