More than 4,000 wild game birds were snatched from American hunters as they headed home last weekend from Saskatchewan, Canada. Critics say it was an overreaction by U.S. officials to an outbreak of avian flu on a chicken farm in the province.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture misinterpreted its rules banning Saskatchewan poultry, forcing U.S. customs agents to confiscate coolers filled with game birds at border crossings during the peak of hunting season.
I cannot ever condone the wanton waste of a game animal in any way. It saddens me that this situation occurred. In the world where we have cell phones, email and such, somebody could have gotten some policy wonks in Washington to overturn this situation or created some kind of opportunity to store the game until a real decision could be made to figure out how to deal with this situation in a better way. I do not have an immediate answer as to how this could of happened but I absolutely know that it should never happen again. Having our government tell law abiding hunters to go out and promote wanton waste in a foreign country is disgusting.