We don’t want you to start your weekend feeling outrage, but unfortunately, that’s most likely what’s going to happen after you read this story.
The California division of the Humane Society of the United States just posted a picture of the golden state’s new Fish and Game commission president Dan Richards holding up a dead mountain lion. Since it’s illegal to shoot mountain lions in California, Richards traveled to Idaho to fulfill his blood thirst.
As HSUS California points out, a mountain lion isn’t killed for food, but instead for sport.
So, how did the media get a hold of this smoking gun picture that will likely infuriate animal lovers everywhere? Richards gave it to them. The California Majority report says he sent it to the Western Outdoor News. The caption read, “Asked about California’s mountain lion moratorium, Richards didn’t hesitate. ‘I’m glad it’s legal in Idaho.'”
Richards doesn’t just stop at hunting mountain lions. He also attempts to derail efforts to protect animals. He opposed the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) and called Schwarzenegger “a forked-tongue devil” for supporting the law.
Perhaps since Richards so unabashedly opposes animal protection efforts, and takes pleasure in killing animals for sport, activists should do as HSUS suggests and unabashedly contact the California Fish and Game Commission and demand (politely) that Richards gets ousted from his position.