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@Matt Seymore Your admission of being a lawyer, explains it all. I have a great joke for you: What do you call a 100 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? \ A good start. This joke is interchangeable with politicians at the bottom of the ocean.
I am done with this conversation. I have other things to do besides banter back and forth with a lawyer. And by the way, if Melissa wants to sue me -- tell her to go for it! Better yet, if you want to be her attorney -- go for it! That way you guys can be busy with that instead of being out trophy hunting. Seriously, I know you and I will never see eye-to-eye on this. And that is what living in free countries is all about. But you should sharpen up your sense of humour a bit. Your comments are so typically attorney-ish. I mean really, telling me that I could be sued ... this is supposed to be an open forum and last I heard, in America and Canada, people are entitled to free speech. So, let's leave it all at that. You stay on your side of the border and I will stay on mine, protecting wildlife from trophy hunters like you and Melissa. If you are ever planning to come up to BC to kill some of our wildlife, let me know so I can tell the COs to watch out for you! I live in bear country and trophy hunters are not welcome in my neighbourhood. Be well, be kind and above all, laugh a little more. It's good for you!
1 year, 5 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.realtree.com/big-game-hunting/articles/behind-the-scenes-with-melissa-bachman
@Matt Seymore I guess you have no sense of humour either. Everyone has issues and apparently yours are nearer to the surface than mine (my unprofessional opinion). How, precisely, do you know that she shared? Were you there at all her hunts? Do you believe everything you hear or see? If so, maybe you think that the video games people play have real people doing real things. Have you personally looked up the laws about killing gators or are you just going by what someone told you? In a court of law, hearsay is not admissible evidence. As my US veteran husband says, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." These are wise words from a man who has seen combat and the other horro rs of war in a secret war that supposedly didn't exist -- i.e. Bosnia. So, Matt, if you did not SEE IT WITH YOUR OWN EYES, how do you know? You or Will Brantley -- would either or both of you stand up in a court of law, swear on a bible, that you knew personally that she shared? Would you? Therein lies the answer to my question. And you still haven't answered what the crickets comment means. Go ahead, I can take anything you can dish out -- or are you perhaps embarrassed at your own comment? Waiting.
I believe it is against the law, Matt, to try to psychoanalyze someone without a licence to do so. The fact remains, notwithstanding your fancy word games, that you still haven't answered my big question -- do you know for a fact that she did indeed eat, share or use the meat, etc... from her hunts? A straight answer would be appreciated. You remind of those 'alien' science shows that state, "No one can prove it wasn't aliens..." By the way, what the hell does "I hear crickets " mean?
@Matt Seymore Once again, do you have proof that she does this or are you making an assumption about it? In a court of law, evidence is evidence -- thinking does not make it so. Just asking a normal question and not assuming guilt or innocence. You guys are so freaking defensive. I am not the one who calls her a psycho -- I just resent her using her femininity in such a manner and also, there doesn't seem to be any reverence for the animals she kills -- you know, respect. Her photos show a grinning hunter all made up pretty for the camera. Does Melissa have children? Maybe if she did, she might understand the sanctity of life. Just saying -- my opinion. Beauty queens need to set an example and demonstrate their compassion for that is true inner beauty. If you read my comments carefully, you should understand my position. I am not anti-hunting -- just anti gratuitous killing for $$$$ as opposed to putting food on your family's table. Try and tell me that she doesn't do what she does for the money. Try.
Pretty is as pretty does. Do you know this for a fact or is this an assumption that she uses it and shares it? What people are taught and what they do are oftentimes different things entirely.
1 year, 6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.realtree.com/big-game-hunting/articles/behind-the-scenes-with-melissa-bachman
The thing that SUPPOSEDLY differentiates us from other animals is CHOICE and that choice comes from consciousness. All animals are sentient beings -- the problem is that we are too limited in our capacity to understand them properly, which is why and how we can justify killing them. We are not the paragon of animals. Just compare us to virtually any other species and you will see that our skills and abilities do not even touch theirs. The behaviours we exhibit (trophy hunting, inane comments, threats, etc...) are prime examples of how inferior we really are, unless of course you equate building skyscrapers and polluting and poisoning the earth as superiority. I respect vegans -- that is their choice not to harm life. I do not respect people who take life for the thrill, the adrenaline rush or high they get. Never have -- never will. I know that my husband takes great pride in his hunting skills and pleasure knowing that he has provided for us in a humane, clean manner -- never gloating over what he has done. That is the difference between him and Melissa -- and why I can never respect her making a living killing animals for the thrill or the $$$$ and I will bet she makes big money doing what she does. She may very well be a nice person -- but does she do any charity work? Does she contribute anything to society at large? Does she feed poor people? Does she help anyone else survive? Answer these questions truthfully and I might be convinced to reconsider.
I am so sorry that this 'conversation' has deteriorated so much. I have no more time for this as I belong to a Black Bear Conservation group and I am busy trying to get ready for an event to EDUCATE the public about these wonderful, magnificent creatures and how we can avoid conflicts with them. Suffice it to say I will never be a fan of Melissa's. I think mostly, I resent the trophy aspect of her persona. She is playing off the fact that she is a woman -- although I would like to see her on the hunt without makeup, etc... I think without all the artifice I would respect her more than her capitalizing on her 'femininity'. As I asked before, what became of the results of her hunts --- did she share the meat or use it herself? That question has still not been answered. We live in a wasteful society and it hurts my heart that we are disrespectful of animals and the place we put them in. Aboriginal people at least have respect for what they kill, none of which I see in her demeanor. As for the nasty comments made by some people, have a little class. We can all agree to disagree but we do not have to resort to insults. The facts do speak for themselves and everyone knows the truth, not as it is manufactured by some. My apologies to the contributors who have been spoke to so rudely. All you animal lovers out there -- and I am one -- it does not reflect well on you or us, or our cause.
Yes, I have felt adrenaline surges -- and the only time I felt it with regard to a weapon is when someone was in my yard at 1 in the morning and I put my infant daughter in the walk-in closet, put the clip in and was ready to shoot the intruder. Self-defence. 100% and protecting my baby. Fortunately, for the man in my yard, my dog, who had him cornered, turned slightly when he heard me cock the gun, and the guy jumped over the fence. Fight and flight are natural and I do understand that and I also understand that if stupid people who believe in taking various body parts didn't have a market for their ill-gotten wares, then there would be no hunting/poaching of that kind. I just am offended by people like Melissa who do not seem to express any reverence for the lives they have taken, but rather pose as if they are the majestic ones. Seriously, what does she do with the results of her hunts? Not just your projecting but really, what does she do with the carcasses? Facts, please.
I totally understand about keeping the pelts and racks. My husband is very proud of the two he has from his last hunts. The pelts have been lovingly tanned into beautiful skins to be eventually sewn into a coat. The meat is long gone. I admit it took me a while to learn to appreciate it but every time I cook the venison I think of wonderful hunting can be. As for gator, I lived in Texas for almost 30 years and have eaten it several times. It is tasty and if I lived in an area where it could be hunted, I probably would enjoy having it in my freezer. However, hunting a gator the way Melissa did, I believe contravened the laws. Check for yourself and let me know if I am wrong. Almost blowing off the creature's head was a bit of the proverbial overkill and not something to be proud of, in my opinion. What, precisely, was Melissa's contribution to conservation efforts in that hunt? If hunters keep killing off the biggest, there goes the gene pool. This has been proven scientifically over and over and over again. You can't keep killing the biggest and best and be surprised when there are none left. My main point is hunt ethically, respect the creatures who lives you take and above else WASTE NOTHING. Always make sure you get a clean, instant kill shot -- so many hunters (you know the ones) who go out first day of the season and shoot anything they see.
And whether a species can support a hunting season is decided by .... who? Statistics can be manipulated to deliver whatever results someone wants -- any first year college student knows that. As for adrenaline rush -- come on -- get serious. Have you heard this first hand from the cat or any other species? Wolves showing their young how to kill is normal and natural. Someone killing wolves just because it is cool or manly or because they have killed one or two of someone's cattle. Remove the wolves from the equation and you get overrun with whatever they used to hunt and help control the population of. We seem to think that we know better than nature, and that is somewhat reflected in your response. Hunters do contribute to wildlife but a lot of them also hurt it terribly by not following the rules -- a typical human response to common sense. I am not a vegetarian and LOVE the venison my husband gets us every year. At least I know it is not fouled with antibiotics and chemicals and I wholeheartedly respect what he does. I WILL NEVER RESPECT trophy hunters no matter what you say. To kill a magnificent creature just to have a body part is absurd. Hunting is natural and a wonderful thing; unfortunately, so many people are stupid and manipulate the hunt into something wasteful, cruel and sad.
I think some of you hunters are missing the point -- I have no problem with hunting -- just TROPHY HUNTING and the idiots who kill black bears here in Canada and take only the gall bladder or a few other 'choice' parts and leave the carcass to rot. Yes, yes, yes, I know that the carcass will eventually be disposed of by nature - but that is not the point. Killing indiscriminately for only a piece of the animal is stupid and typically human. I guess it all depends on your perspective but tell me how I can respect this or human beings when we are the ONLY SPECIES that kills other species for SPORT, FUN, ADRENALINE RUSH and not survival. Trophy hunting is, in my opinion, about on par with the fools that think taking bear gall bladder bile helps their health, that using rhino horn for enhancing sexuality and that killing elephants to make trinkets out of their tusks is okay. So, let's get this straight -- TROPHY HUNTING is what Melissa B. does and that is what is so objectionable. At least in my opinion. Oh yeah, and the fact that she does it unethically as well -- as in breaking conservation laws (alligator).
You make her out to be like Anne of Green Gables... Jeez - she is everything I despise. She kills animals because of the adrenalin rush? Please. Let's all chip in and get her a lifetime pass for the fastest thrill rides around the world. I hope that will be enough of a rush. Better yet, let's put her in the prey position and see if that gives her kicks ... Does she eat what she kills\? Does she use EVERYTHING that the creatures she kills have -- the meat, the skin, the organs? I am not an anti-hunting person. My husband hunts and we use everything.You are right - she is not another pretty face -- she is the face of death. Pity she doesn't use her 'talents' for more ethical things.
@SteveNNancyThiles I use cloths (dish towels, etc...) to wrap my hubby's sandwiches -- he takes his lunch in an old fashioned metal miner lunch box . That way he also has a cloth napkin too. I also wrap his fruit in that too. Works great - no plastic, no paper.
1 year, 9 months ago on How To Store Produce Without Plastic
Be sure to call all the companies whose products you purchase and ask them why they don't use recyclable packaging -- and if they do use recyclable packaging be sure to call them and say thanks.
1 year, 10 months ago on How To Store Produce Without Plastic