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What's this site: "pro" or "anti"?

posted May 11, 2012, 7:23 AM by Scott Slocum   [ updated May 11, 2012, 7:39 AM ]
Neither.

If you look at the FAQ "what's an 'anti'?" on this site, you might think this is an "anti" site. But if you read it, you might see that it's an effort to portray the "anti" perspective from a viewpoint other than the opposition.

If you look at blogs on this site that pick apart trappers-association editorials (e.g. legislative director's report and president's legislative report), you might think this is an "anti" site. But if you read it, you might see that it's an attempt to hold these representatives accountable to their own trapper-education manual.

True, one of the things you don't see on this site is the private correspondence that this blogger tries to carry on with "anti" organizations--to try to hold them accountable to the grim realities of wildlife management. The thing is, someone's got to step in sometimes to kill animals. We're better off encouraging people who do it responsibly than calling them all barbarians and trying to stop even those who are responsible. The reason you don't see this private correspondence is that this blogger has a soft spot in his heart for people who try to protect animals from grim realities.

So even though trappers might look at this site and see "anti," and animal protectionists might look at this site and be offended by the grim realities that make it look like "pro," this site is an effort to encourage dialogue. Why? To protect the animals better.