boone and crockett club position statement
Genetic Manipulation of Game
Genetic manipulation (also known as genetic enhancement or genetic engineering) is being used to produce big game specimens, such as deer or elk, with unnatural and abnormally large trophy antlers for profit. This gross caricature of wild game animals reduces them to the status of livestock, not game. Genetically-manipulated game has become a multi-million dollar industry, involving breeders who sell privately-owned animals and their semen, and also shooting operations that purchase such animals to shoot as trophies without regard to the animal’s origin or circumstance.
The pursuit of privately-owned, genetically-engineered game is, at times, perceived by the public as representing hunting wild animals. This wrongful association is threatening the public’s continued support of legitimate, fair chase hunting and its longstanding value to the conservation and proper management of wildlife.
The Boone and Crockett Club supports the use of scientifically-guided wildlife management techniques used to enhance or restore big game populations or species that are at risk. However, the Club condemns artificial enhancement of a big game species’ genetic characteristics for the sole purpose of producing animal characteristics that enhance the commercial value of the animal. Unacceptable practices for genetic enhancement include, but are not limited to, artificial insemination, cloning, and translocation of breeding stock for commercial shooting purposes.
Further, it has been a long-standing policy of the Boone and Crockett Club not to accept or recognize genetically-manipulated game to be scored or placed in its big game records book.
The Club therefore has not authorized anyone to use its scoring system, name, or logo in connection with genetically-manipulated game. The Club is strictly opposed to anyone who attempts to legitimize the shooting or hunting of genetically-manipulated game by associating this practice with the Boone and Crockett Club.
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