Hunters kill rare albino moose
by Megan Thompson
Categories: Animals, Causes, People.

What do you do when you see a majestic, snow white moose in the forest? Why, shoot it of course! This, at least, seemed to be the reaction of three friends who were out hunting in Nova Scotia last week.

The three hunters stumbled across a rare albino moose while on their trip and proceeded to kill the animal and post several proud photos of themselves with the dead moose on social media sites – much to the dismay of the local Mi’kmaq indigenous community as well as the hunting community.

This particular moose had been living in the Belle Cote forest for many years under the protection of the local Mi’kmaq people, who believe that all white animals, or “spirit animals,” are sacred. Although killing an albino animal is not technically illegal, the indigenous people believe that harming one will bring bad luck and visiting hunters, out of respect, have obeyed this unwritten code of conduct.

Mi’kmaq hunter Danny Paul said “We are not to harm [white animals] in any way, shape, or form because they could be one of our ancestors coming to remind us of something significant that’s going to happen within our communities. It was so disrespectful having seen it put on social media, and it’s been an outcry and our people are outraged.”

Since learning the significance of the offense they committed, the hunters have apologized and turned the hide over to the Mi’kmaq people for a traditional ceremony. They originally took the hide to a taxidermy store to be preserved.

The store owner, Jim Hnatiuks, said “the hunters are saying ‘we wouldn’t have shot the moose if we had known it meant that much.’” According to him, the men were unaware of the importance of white animals to the local indigenous community.

Photo Credit: io9.com via social media

About Megan Thompson

Megan is a healthy living and natural beauty advocate who is obsessed with sustainable gardening, food politics, human rights and animal protection. An L.A. native, she loves staying on top of the latest pop culture news and green lifestyle trends. When she is not writing, she loves going to the beach, hula hooping and working on upcycling projects.

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  • Sheri Cochran

    ASSHATS! What a beautiful and rare sight to see and a privilege at that..but the first thing that comes to mind for these morons is to shoot it?

  • Monica V Lucas

    All life is sacred. This is a tragedy, nonetheless.

  • Dixie Darling

    all life is precious and has value. All they are is cold blooded killers with no respect for the life of another being!

  • Kenny

    Wasn’t illegal. Look beyond color, all animals are equally edible, regardless of color.

    • Dell Roberson

      WOW ANOTHER UNEDUCATED INDIGENOUS TROGLODYTED HUNTER. HERE LET ME USE LOGIC WHICH IS SOMETHING YOU OBVIOUSLY DON’T USE. THE REASON THE ANIMAL WAS CONSIDERED SPECIAL IS BECAUSE IT WAS AN ALBINO A GENETIC ANOMALY , A RARETY, ALL ANIMALS ARE EDIBLE LOL , THAT’S COOL MAYBE WE SHOULD EAT YOU REGARDLESS OF YOUR COLOR LOL

      • ImpStout

        You a Vegan? If not who kills your meat?

      • Dingosbaby

        What a cliche response when people defend animals. Any man who sees a rare animal like this and shoots it has no regard for the magnificence of this creature. Hunters should try a fair fight for a change and hunt each other – do us all a favor please!

      • Mary Dandridge

        um duh so obvious it was rare

      • LookAtThisIdiot

        You have a tiny dick? If not, why do you defend hunters?

      • Dell Roberson

        only eggs and fish

      • Papa Smurf

        When I was growing up I was taught about gun safety and hunting at a very early age. We were taught only to shoot to put food on the table. We were never permitted to shoot for sport, trophies, for the fun of killing, or anything else. Hunting has been and will always be about feeding the family. And for me to have shot something that was considered rare would have cost me a nice ass kicking and the animal laid to rest without taking fur or meat or anything. My Great Grandpa was a stickler, my Grandpa was a stickler, my dad was a stickler, and my brothers and I are sticklers about this. We train our children just like we were taught.

  • Dell Roberson

    OH WOW LOOK WHAT WE DID , IT TOOK SO MUCH SKILL, WE HAD TO PULL THE TRIGGER ON A GUN ON AN ANIMAL STANDING IN THE WOODS, OH MAN THE HARD PART WAS JUST SITTING THEIR WAITING TRYING TO HOLD OR DUMB THOUGHTS TOGETHER, INDIGENOUS TROGLODYTES

  • Greg

    How moronic!

  • Chris

    If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
    Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
    So if you love a flower, let it be.
    Love is not about possession.
    Love is about appreciation.”? Osho

  • Winecoutnry

    Something has to be done to stop hunting. This is wake up call. These are terrible people who kill of fun. Prosecute them.

    • James Smith

      And what about people like me? Those that hunt (deer in my case) to eat and nothing more? Should the actions of these idiots keep food off my table?

      • Dingosbaby

        Sadly I’m sure hunting will never go away. Humans think animals are here to serve them, entertain them, feed them, fight for them, test products for them, test drugs for them, make money for them…the despicable human race. In WI, deer season is a big deal – and largely a bunch of insecure idiots escaping their wives for a weekend to get drunk and shoot things. Happy I’m not married to one of them. And now wolves are on the list again — disgusting and tragic.

      • wisepati

        There are responsible hunters, but trophy hunters and those who enjoy killing are less than pond scum in my book.
        We have destroyed the natural balance of things and killed the wolves and other predators who kept the balance and now the DNR makes sure there are plenty of deer.
        A responsible hunter who respects the animals that gave its life and doesn’t go about bragging or putting up deer heads on the wall is one thing…these grinning idiots who have no respect for life are another.

      • James Smith

        Exactly. There’s a right way and wrong way to go about it. What these guys did is the wrong way. That said, it’s no reason to label all hunters as ‘bad’.

  • Zenster

    and then they take a picture saying LOOK AT ME! I am an ignorant asshole and lousy lover, so I make up for it by murdering defenseless animals with my big gun (no not my wee wee, that is tiny, my remington)

  • Dingosbaby

    Men with small packages — so tragic. Always trying to prove they are “men” – hunting is basically someone coming into my family room and shooting me. REAL TOUGH! Thanks for documenting your ignorance and cruelty in this photo — stay away from them ladies… ISSUES…..

  • Cindy Starr-Walker
  • disqus_z5BLojY2oa

    It’s terrible that we all do not enjoy the same things or have the same values. Being quick to jump to criticize doesn’t exactly sound like the right thing to do regardless of your religious affiliation or lack of religion.

  • Rich39

    Less hope one day they will end up like the moose.
    Wouldn’t it be great if another moose would trample them.