Like most Americans I was surprised by Sen. McCain’s choice of running mate. I can only guess his reasons to ask Gov. Palin may be an infusion of fresh blood and equality on the ticket. At first blush, Palin looks like the perfect choice to appeal to sportsmen and women. She is from the beautiful wild state of Alaska and fancies herself as an outdoors person. I would love to enjoy the outdoor sports in her state, as I have hunted and fished all my adult life. However, Palin very recently helped defeat a moratorium to halt hunting by airplane. Using small aircraft people locate game — most often wolves — then run the animal to exhaustion or fly low enough to shoot from the plane, most often wounding the animal.
When the animal is no longer able to move, the plane lands and the shooter kills the wounded or exhausted animal. This is not sportsmanship. These tactics are unethical and barbaric, even more so than cock fighting. At least in a cockfight the chickens are on equal ground. In this distasteful method of killing, the chickens stay in a plane. Therefore, I question Palin’s fairness and fresh blood considering her endorsement of such an unfair blood sport.