The government of Alberta is concerned that there's not enough hunting going on in the province. Therefore, they have organized...ta da! Whacking Day...oops, I mean Hunting Day!
The province has designated September 22 as its first "Hunting Day," an attempt to lure the video-game generation off the couch and into the great outdoors.
Over the past 25 years...the number of hunters tramping the province's wilds has dropped by half to around 100,000...[the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Development] said the benefits of hunting include cutting the number of vehicles damaged in collisions with deer and other game, reducing crop damage from grazing deer and elk and slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer.
PETA doesn't think it will work.
Hunting Day "is not going to change people's minds about why they have stopped hunting," said Stephanie Boyles, a wildlife biologist at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.