The True Green Alliance Public Guidance – Position Statement (1)
The True Green Alliance (TGA) considers the application of honest science to be the only vehicle that can provide mankind with an understanding of the natural world; and that can offer the information necessary to develop rational and effective methods to manage the earth’s living resources (both domestic and wild). TGA recognises the intrinsic value of all living organisms and their importance to civilisation and believes these resources and humanity should be looked upon as an integrated and ecological-cultural-economic complex.
TGA, therefore, believes that wild animals should be considered by society to be WILD ‘products of the land’ just as cattle, sheep and goats, and cultivated plants, are TAME (or domestic) ‘products of the land’; and TGA believes that both should be managed and used wisely and sustainably for the benefit of mankind.
TGA believes that organised agriculture is the best vehicle to control the management of domestic animals and cultivated plants; and defers to the appropriate organs of agriculture in these respects. TGA believes, nevertheless, that it has a watchdog role to play (even in agriculture) with respect to the need for society to adhere to the planet’s fundamental living resource management priorities – which are:
· First – for the good care and sustainable ‘wise use’ of the soil;
· Second – for the good care and sustainable ‘wise use’ of plants; and
· Third – for the good care and sustainable ‘wise use’ of animals – in that hierarchical order of priority.
TGA supports and promotes: the scientifically determined control of wild animal population numbers (by way of organised population reduction, culling, and acceptable harvesting practices); it supports and promotes regulated hunting, trapping and fishing (both recreational and commercial), provided these practices are sustainable; and it supports and promotes the legal trade in wildlife and its products.
TGA believes that people have the right to pursue either consumptive or non-consumptive uses of their privately-owned wildlife (wild plants and animals) – as they see fit – provided such use is sustainable.____________________________________
The Animal Rights Doctrine -
TGA is concerned that the foundation elements of the animal rights philosophy contradicts all the principles and practices of successful wildlife management, globally; and that they promote bad choices within society regarding desirable current and potential human-wildlife relationships.
They also create false expectations for wildlife population management; they erode society’s confidence in the decades of knowledge gained from extensive scientific exploration of wildlife and habitat management practices; and they seek to force change in accepted national wildlife cultures within human societies.
Although a range of individual philosophies exists within the realm of ‘animal rights’, most adherents hold similar foundational beliefs:
that each individual animal should be afforded the same basic rights as humans;
that every animal should live free from human-induced pain and suffering;
that animals should not be exploited for any human purpose; and
that every individual animal has equal status regardless of commonality or rarity, or whether or not the species is native, exotic, invasive or feral.
TGA notes that animal “rights” organisations, themselves, declare that it is their purpose to ABOLISH all animal ‘uses’ (both domesticated and wild) by man.
It is TGA’s considered opinion, therefore, that the philosophy of animal rightism is totally incompatible with science-based wildlife management.
TechFund Distributors fully support the view of TGA, namely: " ...... the scientifically determined control of wild animal population numbers (by way of organised population reduction, culling, and acceptable harvesting practices); it supports and promotes regulated hunting, trapping and fishing (both recreational and commercial), provided these practices are sustainable; and it supports and promotes the legal trade in wildlife and its products."
We therefor recommend that hunters become members of TGA and in so doing support them to counteract the unacceptable views promoted by animal rights activists.
Visit the TGA website by clicking on their logo below and register as a member - it is to your own benefit!