David Booth tweets a photo of a bear he killed, to the horror of everybody

David Booth has been completely open about his affinity for hunting since he came to Vancouver. At that time, we were all a little bummed to have lost bear fighter extraordinaire Tanner Glass to the Winnipeg Jets, so the fact that Mike Gillis went out and got another bear fighter to take his place was amusing.

Booth discussed his bear hunting on Hockey Night in Canada After Hours, talking about how the black bears he hunts “eat up all the blueberries, and we don’t want that.” We chuckled. How quaint. And heck, even when Booth tweeted on Monday that he was “In Alberta trying to kill a few Bruins,” we laughed and made jokes about how we hoped he wasn’t sitting outside Alberta-born Johnny Boychuk’s house.

But then on Tuesday Booth actually tweeted a photo of a dead black bear and suddenly everything got real and everyone was horrified.

 

Reaction to this image varied. Some laughed at the amusing but perhaps-in-poor-taste Zdeno Chara joke. Others marvelled at the size of the bear.

But many were simply filled with disgust. No doubt for any Canucks fan that finds hunting distasteful, having a member of the team tweet a photo of a dead black bear is a little disheartening. And many said so, albeit not as tactfully. Many of Booth’s mentions were ugly, nasty, and expletive-filled.

I can’t say I agree with the practice of hunting bears for sport, but I would point out that Booth and his posse weren’t doing anything illegal. I’d also point out that, if you’re a carnivore, at some point that meat was on a living animal. I’ll admit that it’s a little different when that animal’s dead body is twitpic’d into your feed, but still.

Anyway. More enjoyable than watching people rip David Booth for something he never tried to hide was watching people make jokes about it. I saw a number of “If the bear had hidden in a net, Booth would have missed him” zingers, for instance.

Kevin Bieksa’s line was nice as well: “Impressive Dave! Did he have a crossbow also?”

But the best joke I heard comes courtesy our pal @strombone1, strongly suspected — very, very strongly — to be Roberto Luongo.

 

Awesome.

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88 comments

  1. bergberg
    May 2, 2012

    What makes you think he killed the bear “for sport”? My boyfriend and his family hunt bears, during the bear hunting season, donate the hides and eat the meat. Bear burgers are delicious, by the way.

    This sensitivity over hunting drives me crazy. As long as it is being done in a healthy, sustainable way, what’s the problem? I’d much rather eat something that has been in it’s natural habitat eating what it is supposed to eat, than something that has been force-fed and pumped full of hormones. People are too disconnected from where their food comes from. You know the meat you buy in the store? Those animals were slaughtered too.

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    • bergberg
      May 2, 2012

      Now that I’ve stepped off my soapbox, I should also mention that some people do hunt for “trophies” and that is something I do not endorse.

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      • Nee
        May 2, 2012

        For me personally, I don’t have an issue with it if the animal is not endangered, the person is authorized to hunt, and most importantly, they will actually use the hide and meat of the animal.

        I was under the impression that Booth was more of a trophy hunter, but if he really will be making use of this animal, I see it very differently. If Booth really will be consuming this bear (and not just a token, little bit of it), I don’t really have an issue. I, myself, eat meat, after all.

        It’s the idea of an animal being shot simply for sport, with no intention of even making use of that animal, that I find wholly un-necessary and frankly, disgusting.

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        • Stephen
          May 4, 2012

          If the animal is being shot for sport, and left to spoil ,then yes, we have a problem. But what if DaveyBoy here IS hunting for sport, but donating the meal to a shelter? or a camp?

          In the end, we wind up slagging a guy for being himself and being accessible. Now we’re gonna complain when we get quotes like “spent my summer training 110%, and getting pucks on net”…

          … thanks comment mafia. You suck.

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      • Rick
        May 4, 2012

        I agree with your comment and if most people saw the horrors of a slaughter house they would become vegetarians!
        There must be a well controlled system to keep these great animals from becoming poached and that is the biggest issue for me. My views on hunting for the trophy are that it should be banned on all animals. There are other alternatives to keeping a species in check and giving them the respect that they deserve. I could continue but it’s pointless……it’s my opinion.

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    • Canucklehead_in_T.O.
      May 2, 2012

      I’m a committed vegan, and thus have loads of holier-than-thou moral outrage to spew at this photo and the culture it stems from….but even I have to agree with you on this, bergberg. At least this bear actually lived a life, and at least Booth had to work and (presumably) employ skill in order to end that life.
      That’s a hell of a lot more than I can say for the cows that end up in the supermarket, and the people who end up buying them.

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      • Jon
        May 2, 2012

        From a committed cow farmer, there’s a lot of skill and hard work involved in raising cattle. It’s not easy to farm. Not saying you’re wrong, and I have my issues with hunting, but raising cattle for food isn’t that much different than hunting, its just that a few guys do it for the rest.

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        • Joe P.
          May 2, 2012

          It’s a lot different, actually. That bear wasn’t confined, nor was its gullet forcefully stuffed with corn, nor was it injected with steroids, for starters.

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          • Micheal
            May 2, 2012

            Why are we arguing which is worse?

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          • Jon
            May 3, 2012

            You would never see cows as healthy as we raise them (without any hormonal injections) in the wild. Beef cows are free to roam, hormonal injections are only given to dairy cows. The only place you eat those cows is at McDonald’s.

            Besides, cows like corn. They stuff their own gullets with that stuff.

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    • Micheal
      May 2, 2012

      Maybe because there’s no need to kill an animal for food when plenty have already been killed for you?

      I mean… unless you enjoy the killing…

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      • Micheal
        May 2, 2012

        “I’d much rather eat something that has been in it’s natural habitat eating what it is supposed to eat, than something that has been force-fed and pumped full of hormones.”

        I’m sorry.. that is such BS…. is that really the reason for going hunting… somehow, I don’t think so.

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  2. JustSayin'
    May 2, 2012

    Personally, I’m not a fan of hunting. However, people must be desperate for hockey information if this is in the news. Who cares.

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    • the olde coot
      May 2, 2012

      I have been thinking this thing through;
      now bottomline I say to you:

      it matters much a bear is dead
      or if ’twere David Booth instead,
      both being creatures of this earth,
      but who’s to judge what each is worth?

      Of you and I six billion plus,
      so what there were one less of us,
      and how’s it man to show his skill
      thinks other creatures he can kill?

      And while I know some might retort
      that hunting is a valid sport,
      they’re much more moral things to do,
      and I suggest you know that’s true!

      So by the fact he doesn’t care
      I’d have Booth eaten by the bear.

      The Olde Coot

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  3. BP
    May 2, 2012

    Is that Kris Draper on the right?

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    • Jon Coutts
      May 2, 2012

      Is that Tanev second from left?

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  4. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    May 2, 2012

    In Booth’s defense, the bear was totally planning on killing him.

    Also a consideration: the bear’s name was Lincoln.

    (Too soon?)

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    • Kenji
      May 2, 2012

      Har!

      p.s. bear tastes rank…although in a pepperoni, is ok

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  5. Kit
    May 2, 2012

    I’d be willing to bet that ours is the fanbase with the highest percentage of vegans and vegetarians in the league, not to mention the environmentalists and unlabelled nature lovers. This is just a slightly awkward marriage. Ryan Jones of the Oilers is also an avid hunter. Broadly speaking his fans find it less alarming.

    I’m not down with hunting, for the record. I can see the validity in the argument that grocery store meat consumers are no more morally upstanding. I’m vegan, though, so I’ll just be over here on my high horse being smugly disapproving.

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    • Nee
      May 2, 2012

      “ours is the fanbase with the highest percentage of vegans and vegetarians”

      Given the general population in Vancouver and BC in general, there may be some truth to that. The So Cal teams are probably pretty up there too though.

      It is a bit of an awkward marriage, as you say.

      On another note, it would be fascinating to see what the cultural makeup of this teams fanbase is.

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      • obituary mambo
        May 2, 2012

        Don’t forget NorCal. San Jose is within easy driving distance of both San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Sharks fans might give Vancouver a run for its money.

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      • chanman
        May 2, 2012

        On the other hand, this being BC my bet is that there are lots of hunters in the fan base as well, as would probably be true for the Alberta or Winnipeg fan bases and some of the US teams, so YMMV

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  6. @_twurtle
    May 2, 2012

    The only reason this got such a big response is that David Booth is in the public eye, as a famous hockey player, and if he tweets a somewhat controversial picture it will illicit a response. The vast majority of us are irrelevant, and if we were to tweet the same picture it would generate little, if any response.

    I personally tweeted that it wasn’t cool because I don’t believe in hunting because you are going out and killing an innocent animal. This is nothing against David Booth, and I don’t think any less of him as a person for choosing to hunt. Nor does it make anyone less of a Canucks’ fan for being against hunting which was some of the ridiculous comments I saw floating around twitter yesterday. You don’t have to agree with everything the players on your hockey team do off the ice, and it doesn’t make you any less of a fan when you don’t.

    And the argument that you can’t be against hunting if you eat meat is probably one of the stupidest arguments I have ever heard. Comparing cows who are bred for the sole purpose to be consumed to an animal that is in the wilderness with no intention of encountering a human is ridiculous. The cattle industry is a multi-million dollar industry that provides benefits to other industries such as restaurants, trucking and retail and also provides us with necessary nutrition. In a sense this is a utilitarian idea because cattle being produced for consumption are providing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. It is hard to compare this to hunting where someone kills an animal in the wild to either eat or display, which will usually only benefit them.

    Basically, it amazes me that this got so much attention, and that it got twisted into a hockey argument. I guess that is what happens when it is May and we have nothing to do.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      May 2, 2012

      You can definitely be against hunting if you eat meat. I’m just saying the full-blown outrage is hard to justify.

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    • Andrew
      May 2, 2012

      Your argument against hunting for economic reasons is a false dichotomy though. Someone on a hunting expidition has provided benefits to tansportation, retail and tourism industries, much as a Big Mac has help the industries you mentioned above.

      Personally, I don’t mind the idea of hunting for meat from a animal welfare viewpoint. Having been to feedlots and ranches, you’d have a hard time convincing me that wild game killed instantly and harvested for meat is less ethical than the treatment that most farmed animals receive.

      PS: Here’s a discussion I thought we’d never be having on PITB.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        May 2, 2012

        Ha. True that.

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      • @_twurtle
        May 2, 2012

        haha exactly…it isn’t a hockey discussion, it just got twisted into one because a hockey player tweeted it.

        But also the economic benefits of the cattle industry far outweigh the economic benefits of hunting, and it wasn’t an argument on the treatment of the animals, I have seen those documentaries showing how brutal cattle are treated in the slaughterhouses. It was an argument that the cows are produced just for consumption.

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        • bergberg
          May 2, 2012

          I just want to point out that you are anthropomorphising the animals by calling them “innocent”, which is not a valid argument.

          Honestly, a couple of years ago I didn’t have much exposure to hunting and probably would have agreed with you. However, now I see that hunting can be done responsibly and with nothing but respect for the animal. People in other parts of Canada (away from the lower mainland), and around the world have survived doing this for thousands of years. In my opinion, it is just our modern Westernised views that paints it as “wrong” and farming animals as “right”.

          Anyways, my point is that people are quick to judge that with which they are not familiar. I wish people would be more tolerant, and that applies to a lot of things.

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        • obituary mambo
          May 2, 2012

          I won’t pretend to know what the live stock industry is like in Canada, but I can say with certainty that in the US, economic benefits of the cattle industry would be all but non-existent if it weren’t for government subsidies — unless, of course, the price of meat were to be drastically raised.

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      • obituary mambo
        May 2, 2012

        I’m a long time vegetarian, so my view may not seem the least biased one out there. Having said that, at least hunters can own the fact that they went out there and got their food themselves, rather than relying on the unethical, environmentally hazardous practice of producing animals kept in conditions so horrendous they boggle the mind (I won’t go into it, as it is seriously nasty, not to mention inhumane beyond the telling of it). As a Californian I have driven through the San Joaquin Valley on countless occasions and the putrefying odor hits your nostrils long before you get to the endlessly sprawling cattle farms. I also lived in Arkansas for a while (the less said about that, the better), where Tyson chicken is manufactured, and again, you’d smell those farms miles before you reached them. Truly sickening. So, while I don’t support hunting, it’s nowhere near as objectionable as factory farming is. There is simply no comparison.

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        • cathylu
          May 2, 2012

          A couple of years ago I was travelling through the Tulare area (California) and a friend of mine who grew up in Visalia messaged me asking “Do you smell cow?” and I had to say yes – the odor is overpowering. If any of you have seen the Milk Advisory Board advertisements here in California about our “happy cows” who are shown in beautiful green fields – well that couldn’t be further from the truth. But I guess I shouldn’t say anything since I consume both dairy products and meat.

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      • Micheal
        May 2, 2012

        So, it’s not less ethical… it’s still unethical though. Not to mention a damning indictment of the human willingly doing the killing.

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        • bergberg
          May 2, 2012

          Why is it unethical?

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          • Micheal
            May 2, 2012

            Why is it unethical to go out and kill an animal when there are supermarkets around every corner?

            Basically, a bear needlessly died.

            I would be just as unhappy if it was a cow by the way. Heck, even if he was hunting chickens it just doesn’t make sense to me… yes I agree, we as a society need to improve the conditions of the the animals we consume, very much so; however, it is the act of “hunting” that I personally disprove of. I’m pretty sure Booth being a multi millionaire can afford some grass fed free range beef, he doesn’t need to go out and kill it himself… unless he enjoys that sort of thing; which I find unethical.

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        • obituary mambo
          May 2, 2012

          Agreed. I wish the world would go veg. Sadly, that doesn’t seem like a viable option at this point in time.

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  7. RG
    May 2, 2012

    I’m not a big fan of hunting with high-powered rifles, equipped with scopes, etc. But Booth hunts with a bow.

    How bad ass is that?

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    • Brent
      May 2, 2012

      Totally bad ass! I have had a few close encounters with bears in the bush and they can be pretty scary (OK downright terrifying!), even more scary than eating a gas station sandwich. Trying to take down a bear with a bow indicates you have a lot of confidence in your skill.

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      • Frank N.
        May 2, 2012

        Well, yes, probably. But as you can see, Booth hunts in a pack. So I’m sure it’s not just Booth against the bear. His posse will have his back (presumably! Hopefully?).

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  8. obituary mambo
    May 2, 2012

    I agree with those who’ve said that hunting is less loathsome than factory farming is (and far less harmful to the environment). We’ve known from the beginning that Booth was a bible-thumping redneck and if he was hunting for food/supplies, I guess that’s not *so* bad, particularly if he then refuses to eat meat from factory farms. However, if that majestic creature had to die as nothing more than a trophy, then that is absolutely despicable.

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    • J21 (@Jyrki21)
      May 2, 2012

      I think this discussion of ethics, veganism, crossbows, Bibles, social media, economic value and utilitarianism is the perfect moment to wonder aloud: what’s the deal with obituary mambo’s username?

      It sounds like the product of a hilarious fail on $25,000 Pyramid.

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      • obituary mambo
        May 2, 2012

        I have no idea what that last line means. What I can tell you is that my user name comes from the supremely awesome Tom Waits song Swordfishtrombone.

        “Now some say he’s doing the obituary mambo
        Now some say that he’s hanging on the wall
        Perhaps this yarn is the only thing
        That holds this man together
        Some say he was never here at all

        Some say they saw him down in Birmingham,
        Sleeping in a boxcar going by
        And if you think that you can tell a bigger tale
        I swear to god you’d have to tell a lie…”

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        • Harrison Mooney
          May 2, 2012

          How did I not realize this sooner? That’s one my favourite albums of all time.

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          • obituary mambo
            May 2, 2012

            We seem to have startlingly similar musical tastes, which is good. And given who the artists are, really not all that surprising, I suppose.

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        • Frank N.
          May 2, 2012

          I wish I could give this unlimited Thumbs Up!

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        • J21 (@Jyrki21)
          May 2, 2012

          Ah, OK! My line about Pyramid was in reference to the fact that it’s a word association game… so someone answering “mambo” as an intuitive response to “obituary” would probably be really, really bad at it. :)

          But now that you mention “Swordfishtrombone”. I can’t help but notice that that is an anagram for “word, fish (or Ford, wish), STROMBONE”. This takes on all sorts of intrigue now.

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          • obituary mambo
            May 2, 2012

            Thanks for the explanation about the game show. And you’re right, that would be word association on an epically horrifying level.

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            • gog
              May 2, 2012

              Loungo, is that you? ;-)

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        • tj
          May 3, 2012

          I love this place. The diversity of opinions; the rational discussion of these opinions; and Tom Waits fans that go way back.

          It is funny, your name always seemed like something I should ‘know’ but I could never place it. You know, now, I will forever read it with a bit of a Waitsian screech in my head!

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          • obituary mambo
            May 4, 2012

            Awesome! :D What more could a girl ask for?

            Seeing as I don’t want there to be any room for misinterpretation, I’d just like to add: that is not sarcasm but genuine joy.

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  9. Mt
    May 2, 2012

    A couple years ago, I never would have thought that we might dearly miss Luongo around here for his sense of humour but alas, it may soon be so.

    Funny how this set off an ethical firestorm. … But hey, who am I to resist–for me it all hinges on whether the bear becomes burgers or a wall trophy. The real ethical question, though: hunting with rival western conference wingers. That does look like Draper to me.

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  10. Hips
    May 2, 2012

    I hate all this “innocent animal” high horse bullfeces. Animals are just that-animals. I don’t see the point in caring so much about hunting.

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  11. Brent
    May 2, 2012

    I am not a big fan of trophy hunting but do not have a problem with hunting per say. But, just so people know, the meat is taken out and used. so it isn’t just the “trophy” that comes out. Unless it is a poacher, but don’t get me started on that.

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  12. Innovation
    May 2, 2012

    When do you think PETA will comment on your blog, Harrison?

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    • Brent
      May 2, 2012

      Probably in “moderation” right now since they would be a first time poster.

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    • J21 (@Jyrki21)
      May 2, 2012

      I hear they have already stationed their buckets of red paint outside the venue of the next Cinnamon Toast Funk concert.

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  13. sarah
    May 2, 2012

    Another vegetarian here – mainly because of the treatment of animals in the mass production of meat and the sustainability issue.

    I’m not particularly against hunting. A buddy of mine is a big hunter though and shot a bear last year. It was actually pretty interesting to hear about how he spent a couple days in the bush, hiking and basically stalking the bear until he could get a decent shot. Personally I would have done all that without the bear-killing aspect…I would rather just do the hiking and camping part.

    Basically, I have no problem with Booth hunting, but Twitting about it to the Vancouver fanbase might loose him a few fans – If that’s something that bothers Booth.

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  14. Shand
    May 2, 2012

    People die. Animals die. Sometimes people are killed by animals, sometimes animals are killed by people. Get over it.

    I hope everyone who objects to this is a vegan.

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    • Mark
      May 2, 2012

      Sometimes people are killed by people too. Does that make it ok? Get over it.

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      • Shand
        May 3, 2012

        Yes.

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  15. Andre
    May 2, 2012

    So, are we trying to transform (reform?) David Booth into a vegetarian, yoga bending, spiritual Vancouverite?

    Or is Booth trying to turn us into Christ lovin’, bear huntin’ folks?

    Or maybe he’s just living his life like he always has before, only now he plays for our team?

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  16. ChiBlackhawks
    May 2, 2012

    I think what disappoints me most about the issue and its coverage is that David Booth hunts with a bow and people have yet to make a Katniss joke. It’s a sad day in my fandom.

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    • sarah
      May 2, 2012

      Who down votes a Hunger Games reference!?!

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      • Shand
        May 2, 2012

        Didn’t read past the username

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  17. Locode
    May 2, 2012

    Officially now my least favorite Canuck. I mean really, what’s the point of killing such a beautiful creature? Is he really going to eat it? I doubt it. A new rug? Pathetic.
    Hunting isn’t a sport, because in hunting there’s only ever going to be one loser. (except in those rare cases where idiot hunters shoot each other).
    Stick to golf and hockey David. Killing other beings for fun is pathetic.

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    • DavidGInNewWest
      May 2, 2012

      Lots of people eat bear (I’ve eaten it); and if he went fishing for fun, but ate the salmon?

      The meat most of us eat is produced by a factory system, mired in misery. I don’t think there is much moral high ground here.

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  18. JDM
    May 2, 2012

    As a resident of the great province of Alberta (Flames and Oilers fans notwithstanding) I would like to extend my gracious thanks and great appreciation to Mr. Booth et al. for their contribution to bear population control. Without contributions like Mr. Booth’s, we would have significantly more bear incursions into populated areas, not to mention the beneficial effects on rocky mountain ecosystems. Kudos, sir. We are in your debt. Enjoy the spoils and clean that sucker’ pronto.

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  19. Tamara B
    May 2, 2012

    His hunting doesn’t bother me — it’s a long time sport, loathsome though it is for me, like, say baseball or nascar.

    The ones that bother me are the ones that take the “sport” out of it — sitting in deer blinds shooting them while they eat, or the ones that shoot wolves from helicopters (CoughSarahPalinCough).

    I would definitely prefer that the hide, meat, bones etc be used as well as they can be. But I’ve got more things to worry about than legal hunting. (even if I wish it didn’t happen)

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    • bergberg
      May 2, 2012

      What’s wrong with sitting in a deer blind? Whether sitting in a ground blind or in a tree stand, sitting a waiting is generally how hunting is done. How is shooting them when they eat different from shooting them when they are walking, or doing whatever else it is animals do. Just curious, because I don’t see your logic.

      Shooting wolves from helicopters – fair enough. I think it’s pretty safe to say she wasn’t eating wolf for dinner that night.

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      • Tamara B
        May 2, 2012

        I guess in my opinion I just see putting down corn or salt and waiting for the deer to walk up to you to shoot as unsporting. Tracking, scenting etc. all the stuff that goes into, in my mind, the SPORT of hunting is gone — ANYONE with a gun in a blind could do that if they knew how to fire the weapon. Whereas not everyone could track a deer, see what I mean?

        To put it in a hockeyish way (grantedly, quite poorly) it would be tripping another teams player from the bench, rather than going and making the legitimate hockey play.

        it’s hard for me to explain, but suffice it to say, it all makes sense in my head! :p

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        • bergberg
          May 2, 2012

          I do see what you’re saying. I’m not an expert in hunting myself, having only been exposed to it for the last couple of years. But my understanding is that one of purposes of luring the deer to you and sitting and waiting for it, it that you are able to set yourself up better for a clean kill shot. That way, the animal suffers less.

          I don’t know, I see hunting in two different ways. The first way, is for sport. It’s a game. You are hunting that animal, and are just in it for the glory of the kill. I’m not trying to defend this type of hunting.

          But the other way is hunting for sustainance, for the purposes of eating the animal. Animals hunt other animals. Human’s hunt animals. They have pretty much for all of time. Say I shoot a deer, and I am able to feed my family with that deer for months. What is wrong with that? Why is that less moral than going to a grocery store and buying a steak?

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          • Tamara B
            May 2, 2012

            I don’t disagree — I do eat meat, so it’s not that I’m against meat as food.

            I also understand hunting to eat, and eliminating pain/running etc. for the animal, in that way, I do suppose it’s better for the animal that way.

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  20. akidd
    May 2, 2012

    great. a millionaire killing wild animals for shits and giggles. and then comes the rationalization about meat-eating. and in typical circle-the-wagons fashion we’re going to downplay it because he’s a canuck. that’s one thing about supporting a team, it wreaks havoc with objectivity and moral frameworks.

    booth seems like a nice guy. upbeat and positive. too bad he’s completely warped with religion and killing.

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  21. iceman
    May 2, 2012

    Isn’t fishing also another form of “hunting innocent animals for fun/food/trophy”?

    Had Booth tweeted a picture of a 3-foot coho he caught with a fish hook, instead of a bear with a crossbow, no one would have cared. Pretty much everyone I know likes going fishing but nobody accuses them for hunting wildlife. On top of that I’m also an avid sushi lover :) .

    Just step back and think about it, people… This is really nothing to take sides on.

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    • ST
      May 2, 2012

      Do you really think a fish is the same as a bear?

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      • Tamara B
        May 3, 2012

        It’s alive and killed for sport and eating, so yeah, like a bear.

        Do you distinguish between human lives lost? Well it’s an old guy so not like it’s a kid or anything?

        Alive is alive, dead is dead. The means of getting there are different, but all in all, if you’re killing for sport, it’s the same. (IMO)

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  22. DavidGInNewWest
    May 2, 2012

    I am not a hunter (nor a vegetarian), but I thought this was pretty silly: “I’ll admit that it’s a little different when that animal’s dead body is twitpic’d into your feed, but still.”

    The bear at least lived it’s life outside, being a bear. Much of the meat we eat comes from factory raised animals, and they live a pretty miserable life in general. Drive by a dairy farm, organic or not, and look at the cows standing around on the concrete, confined to a pen.

    I go for pasture raised animals, where at least they felt the sun on their back.

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  23. sunnydee46
    May 2, 2012

    oh the irony of having a banner ad at the top of this page advertising the upcoming Memphis Grizzlies game….

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  24. Micheal
    May 2, 2012

    There is a lot of cognitive dissonance in this thread because he’s a Canuck.

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  25. biznow
    May 2, 2012

    I had just watched the news story about Scott Neidermayer (who is worried about the destruction of the wilderness and grizzly habitat) speaking out on the BC pipeline expansion in the Great Bear Region. I opened twitter, and there was David Booth standing over the dead body of the bear he just killed. I chuckled, then ate some bacon. I’m not a hunter, but I do loves me some bacon.

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  26. Mark
    May 2, 2012

    I don’t really care so much about David Booth’s ethical position… what sort of person could take pleasure from killing such a beautiful animal? No matter what he does or doesn’t do with it. How could it make him happy to be out in the wilderness, see that amazing, huge animal, shoot it, watch it suffer and die? I think it’s pathetic that that gives him pleasure.

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  27. jenny wren
    May 2, 2012

    econoise

    suffice to say that we don’t care
    for hummingbird or grizzly bear
    preferring still to water ski
    at least that’s how it seems to me

    if i be wrong then answer why
    so very few hear screech owls cry
    or ask where garter snakes have gone
    …while they herbicide their lawn

    one soul per car as home we rush
    into the sea we sewage flush
    each day there is lost habitat
    for nesting birds and jungle cat

    suffice to say that we don’t care
    for hummingbird or grizzly bear

    jenny wren

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  28. Trevor
    May 2, 2012

    What? So we’re not going to Booth’s place for Chara Burgers?

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  29. ST
    May 2, 2012

    I’m just tired of hunters justifying their actions by talking about wildlife management, getting in touch with nature, respecting the environment, reducing predator populations.

    Why don’t they just be honest and say “Look, I get a massive erction when I kill an innocent animal. I can’t help it. That’s just how I roll.”

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  30. OMGaButch
    May 3, 2012

    I’ll take bear pepperoni over the abuse that occurs in the beef industry any day. Nom, nom, nom.

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  31. Canuck Jeet
    May 3, 2012

    Shouldn’t he be in the news for shooting (and scoring) big goals in May?

    Instead, we’re subjected to pictures of him on vacation. It’s getting harder and harder to cheer for these overpaid millionaires … might’ve been wiser for him to lay low until after the playoffs at least …

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  32. doug
    May 4, 2012

    Not surprising he’s a hunter given his uber-religious intro on CBC a few weeks ago. “God grants us dominion over all land animals and fishes in the sea” (paraphrase). I don’t have a big problem with hunters who eat their legal catch so I’ll reserve judgement until I hear that he’s serving black bear burgers at a charity event.

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    • SaharaSapphire
      May 4, 2012

      God gave us that dominion before the fall of mankind. Meaning: nothing was meant to die in Eden. Animals were here first, they were our companions. We were to have stewardship, take care of the earth and its creatures for God, in the manner inwhich he would take care of it. If we had done that, well we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

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    • madwag
      May 4, 2012

      perhaps God meant for us to behave as benevolent dictators rather than malevolent tyrants.

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