Friday, April 8


There's not much that's actually surprising in this story. It turns out that "wealthy hunters to go on big-game expeditions essentially at taxpayers' expense - an arrangement so blatant that one animal trophy appraiser advertises his services under the headline: 'Hunt for Free.'" That's because they get a huge tax write-off for donating the severed heads of their animal victims to non-profits such as natural history museums. And of course, this arrangement encourages hunters "to track down and shoot the largest, fittest and rarest of the world's animals."
Here's the hilarious part, though, carrying the "educational zoo" argument to its logical extreme: "The public benefits, hunting advocates say, because visitors get to see animals they would otherwise never encounter." So, see, your money is well spent!

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