If I were an anti-hunting activist seeking to operate in a place like Yazoo County, I would ditch the traditional methods and focus on a strategy that could actually work.
I’d form my strategy around the fact that the majority of the people don’t actually hunt, but they have no objections to those who do. I’d start working on ways to change their level of tolerance.
Traditional protests often have the opposite effect of what was intended. Instead of annoying people with chants and signs, I would pose as a dedicated hunter and behave in a manner that would be disgusting to most normal people.
I’d leave rotting carcasses in plain view as often as possible, especially in public places where people would have no choice but to encounter them.
A favorite target would be the garbage bins in Yazoo County. Everyone has to take their garbage off so I would be able to anger people from all walks of life.
Imagine the impact it would have on non-hunters as they had to step over stinking piles of rotting flesh and guts just to throw away a bag of trash.
It wouldn’t take long for many non-hunters to start changing their attitude. Something that previously had no impact on their lives one way or another would now be a nuisance. Maybe some efforts to restrict hunting would be worthy of their support.
Even many hunters would probably be discouraged because they wouldn’t want to be associated with such sorry behavior. Sure, most hunters would never be lazy or inconsiderate enough to dump carcasses in a public location, but the average person has no way of knowing that.
If it happens enough, many people would understandably begin to associate such behavior with all hunters.
Before long many formerly proud hunters could become ashamed to wear their camouflage in public in fear that they might be associated with such low class activities.
The younger generation – already preoccupied with smartphones and other digital devices – would be even less likely to want to carry on hunting traditions.
If I were an anti-hunting activist employing this strategy I would feel totally safe operating in Yazoo County.
After all, the strategy is already being implemented daily at just about every public dumpster site in the county. This newspaper is flooded with calls every year asking us to write an editorial about the problem. We do, but the problem persists.
Of course the kind of people who are dumping rotting carcasses where other people are going to have to encounter them – and someone else is going to have to clean them up – probably aren’t really into reading.
If I were an anti-hunting activist my only question would be when I began my work if others who were doing the same thing would think that I was just another inconsiderate person too lazy to dispose of a carcass on the same property where I killed the deer in the first place or would they recognize me as a fellow activists.
Would they look down in shame and hurry on if we encountered each other at the dumping site or would they say, “Hello comrade. Welcome to the resistance. There are many of us operating in this county, and we’re happy to have you aboard.”