Nova Scotia’s Sacred Albino Moose Killed by Visiting Hunters

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Three hunters have sparked outrage both online and amongst the indigenous Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia by killing a rare albino moose that is considered sacred. The three unnamed hunters were unaware of the animal’s spiritual significance when they killed it in the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia, Canada. It was only after photos caused a backlash on Facebook (which have since been taken down) that the trio realized the gravity of their mistake.

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The Mi’kmaq people consider all white animals to be “spirit” animals and have known about the moose for years, but refrained from harming it due to its significance within the community. Clifford Paul, moose management co-ordinator for the Unamaki Institute of Natural Resources highlighted what the animals mean to the aboriginal people when he spoke with CBC:

“We know the significance and we’ve been teaching that to the non-native population for almost 500 years — about the importance that this and other white animals played in our lives,” he said. “We are not to harm them 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.”

Jim Hnatiuks, who runs a hunting and taxidermy store in Lantz, informed the hunters of their transgression when they brought the carcass into his store. He has also expressed regret on behalf of the hunters, saying that:

“These are good men and they broke no law, and they have expressed that it would have been nice to have known more about the significance of these white moose. Hopefully through this, many are much more informed and, this provides the catalyst for more to be done.”

As reported by AFP, locals also consider it bad luck to kill white animals, which led to the hunters returning the moose hide to the Mi’kmaq people, allowing them to perform a four day ceremony to honor the animal. While this may be enough to ease the outrage of some, it doesn’t quite explain why the hunters have kept the sacred moose’s head as a trophy.

Via TreeHugger

Images by Hnatiuks Hunting Fishing Ltd.

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129 thoughts on “Nova Scotia’s Sacred Albino Moose Killed by Visiting Hunters

  1. The guide and outfitter who allowed this to happen or kept it undereraps should also be penalized by having their license revoked…if your a experienced hunter or guide…they both new ..they just got found out and thus playing the dumb card..come on..how obvious is that!

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      • Wow! You’re an asshole! I’m not typically a negative person, but people like you make me feel like the world needs a few natural disasters to thin human numbers by about half.

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      • You are a jerk. Those 3 hunters should have been wiser but more fault and disrespectbtowards this unique animal falls mainly on their guide who knew exactly what he was doing. Unfortunately, the sacred moose had to die because as always money talks and bullshit walks. But what neither of the 4 jackasses who took it upon theirselves to proceed in murdering the sacred white moose, all 4 of them put their own necks around the proverbial noose. KARMA IS A BITCH & somewhere down the line, you reap what you sow. Look at the life of the jackass physician who paid a bu d lm e to kill Cecil, the Ambassador African lion a few years ago. His life went to the shits just like his practice. Like I said, KARMA IS A BITCH!!!

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      • I eat hamburgers. Yet I don’t feel a need to say things like, “go cry a river” to Hindus who create a “no more cows eaten” website. If no law is broken, they are powerless to change it. Whether it’s decided to outlaw white beast slayings or not is up to the government. Who will be harmed if their moose kill is brown instead of white. Yet, I’m not proposing jailing the men. Why I said what I said is because I hate the mentality of humans to want to hurt and degrade someone for caring, as if these people are pointless and weak for having a big heart, or possessing a spirituality that might consider them sacred. I feel it’s uncalled for. And no, I’m not “crying about it”. I’m just stating my opinion.

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    • No one allowed it to happen, they were there hunting moose, they shot and killed one that was sacred, there is no law saying that an albino moose is protected by law. Yes, it was sacred to the Mi’kmaq and these men should have been informed of that when they were licensed to hunt moose in the area. Where does it say anything about a guide? What makes you think they needed “outfitting”, hunters have their own gear. licensing agents would have been the ones to give a heads up. It sucks a lot, but nothing illegal happened.

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  2. Im sick and tired and saddened beyond belief…of hearing of these trophy huntings of any animal anywhere..i just dont understand why anyone would even want to hunt and kill beautiful creatures…so cruel and heartless..these people must be completely devoid of any feelings whatsoever!!..DISGUSTED..doesnt begin to express how it makes me feel.

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    • Albinos exist in many forms. There are some special considerations, but having fur, animals don’t have to deal with the same issues as hairless humans.

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  3. Ignorance is not an excuse for killing this beautiful, rare, majestic albino moose. You see these albino animals all over the news as well as areas of social media. Also why did not not return the moose’s head along with the hide? Because of what it was and they need proof to brag and show off to their friends and families that they REALLY did kill an albino moose.

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  4. we share the same planet, and I don’t get to stop you from hurting, yet you try to stop me from talking….I think that getting your jollies by causing pain in a sport, where the animal has no gun, is appealing to one’s lesser nature…like watching porn

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  5. those hunters knew exactly what they were doing! taxidermy done on albino animal is extremely lucrative! albino animals from rabbits wolves deer.etc are extremely collectiable. therenn’ is nobody who hunts who doesn’t know this unless they are 5 years old. they should be in jail. they are liars and heartless men.

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  6. Why aren’t these people informed when they go to hunt in a place they don’t know.
    Why aren’t they informed ti stay away from the albino animals.
    Where are the regulations and explanations ?
    Why couldn’t they leave this rare animal alone?

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  7. Unbelievable, keeping the head is completely disrespectful and a true sign their only sorry they got found out . Should know better then to shoot a rare animal, these days there is simply no excuse for that. Or do we see white moose that often. Worthy of a good kick in the head at minimum

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  8. Take its death as a sign for change..Positive change.We need to let hunters know before they hunt,about what white and all native animals mean to nova scotianss.At the very lest have a small pocket size “hunting facts… dos and don,ts for hunting in nova scotia”

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  9. If they were hunting with a guide, they should have known not to shoot any white animals. It is partly the guide and outfitters fault they made that mistake.

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  10. More silly fools trying to look good,instead of the sick brainless wonders they really are,why do morons like that have to kill anything that is different,with any luck someone will be hunting them,they are all just a useless waste of space.

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  11. This is a story from 2013. The hunters and the indigenous community made amends. The hunters apologized. Moose is not regarded as trophy hunting. Moose is food. Good natural protein. Yes shooting te albino was a poor choice, but it happened and it was resolved by those involved. Stop trying to create hate where it is not needed. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/albino-moose-killed-by-hunters-honoured-in-mi-kmaq-ceremony-1.2102029

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  12. If these guys can’t figure out this was a special Moose by its unique genetic traits they should head back to the Ozark’s to the rest of their kinfolk.

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    • Actually I have been to the Ozarks and I was so impressed with the really great people I met all over. I kind of expected them to act harsh or mean or maybe clueless due to the ideas about it. But they were so kind and generous and wise. So it makes me think that we have to look at this differently. The native people were taught (correctly in my opinion) to honor life, and make rare animals sacred. The hunters were taught by their culture (their daddies, their communities) that killing big animals is an adventure and an accomplishment. A good thing to do. They believe this as much as the native peoples (and most of us commenting here) believe they were wrong. So… it’s not necessarily that they are bad people (yes, some violent people have gone to the dark side and are spreading darkness, but also some good people believe in this kind of hunting behavior). What can be done to address these cultural differences? On a changing planet where losing our remaining unique animals is a tragedy how can these outmoded ideas of manhood be addressed while still respecting the good in the people that have them and act on them?

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  13. its time too hunt the hunter .. simple fact that they kept the head says alot about how little they understand the stupidity and useless arrogance of trophy hunting .. only until trophy hunter’s are hunted themselves and their head’s are stuffed on someone’s mantle .. an angry lynch mob need’s too be formed in the name of all animal’s respectively .

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  14. Hunting is not a sport and it never was ..The British killed more than 7500 tigers in India for showing their masculinity and ferocity…In today’s date British Airways and Lufthansa allow games to be taken with pax…Hunting is still on and I saw the pic of that heavenly moose…May God bless the killers with gory bloody death of the unforgiven

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  15. This is bullshit saying “these are good men” they’re IGNORANT people invading an indigenous territory, and if we just say it was a mistake and it wont happen again without any repercussion, then it allows others to walk all over our culture and people. I think they should be fined a good chunk of money and be paid towards the mi’kmaq people

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  16. This is a classical example of The Three Stooges taking advantage of stupid Canadians , because it is a well-known fact that you can literally shit on Canadiens doormat and they would say ” oh that’s okay don’t worry aboot it ” Canadians are so freaking stupid When it comes to people walking all over them , it’s not that they’re polite it’s just that they’re plain stupid ,, and these three stooges Hunters deliberately targeted this white moose , this rare sacred white moose, just so that the 3 Stooges can have the sacred Moose’s head hanging specifically in their own homes , how special are The Three Stooges ,,, it’s as if we Canadian didn’t know the moose was there because it was roaming free which is quite a disillusion for a hunter ,, but I’d like to find out how the American government would feel if a Canadian Hunter killed the few bald eagles left to make an eagle hat,,, I wonder how that would go over With our American friends ,, and if the Canadian government allows this to go on unpunished ,,well then Canadians better say bye bye to everything White ,because hunters pay high money for white , especially in Africa that are always looking for albino rare elephants and rhinos, including White African Albino humans ,which carry a high bids in human trafficking

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