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.

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

    • People like that are the ones that give hunters a bad rep….. disrespectful …. should be fined. Should know you shouldn’t shoot such an animal…

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    • I wonder why, these 3 men ??? were allowed to keep the head. They should have had their guns confiscated immediately, and their vehicle, plus a huge fine. Maybe, then they will rethink their actions in Canada, and they should never be allowed back into Canada for any reason. That is punishment for low lives.

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      • They just said they didnt do anything illegal. Why would they punish them like that lol? But they were disrespectful and if they wanted to show remorse for their mistake they should not have kept its head.

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      • It was not illegal so no done could be charged or anything like that. It’s simple a cultural effect that is upsetting

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    • Anyone with half a brain and a shred of decency or common sense …. Would know this is a Unique and Special Creature !!!
      No lame excuses 😡

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    • To the fellows that killed this amazing majestic animal, your karma will come back to haunt you, all three of you, you may even have a curse against, which can be not a good thing. This is such a tragedy😵😡😠 if you know how to pray for your life, i would suggest to start now🙏

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    • WOW .. they should be so proud of themselves for killing off an incredible and rare animal!! Barbaric sub-human morons! Why were there no sanctions imposed to protect him?? Why was there no law imposed to protect him under the endangered species act or SOMETHING?? Too late to cry about it now .. we as humans dropped the ball yet again .. but maybe NOW Govt will make an effort to protect species that are classified as rare or endangered !! Makes me sick !!

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      • Because he is an albino does not make them “endangered” the only difference in an albino is they lack the pigmintation that makes color. Most Albino animals do not live very long in the wild because they cannot hide from predators. This being a Moose enabled him to survive a bit longer

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    • Regardless of knowing the spiritual significance to the local people or not: They are hunters. They know the rarity of an albino animal of any kind, I am sure. So it is the mentality that they had to kill it to keep it for themselves, to show their hunting prowess? their great catch? – this is what is enraging-and they ought to have known not to kill such an animal. it shows that they have a skewed perspective – and need to change it. not everything rare and beautiful needs to be theirs…or dead.

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    • Definition of sport: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

      How did the moose compete against him other than to run if he had actually seen this ‘hunter’?

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  1. hunters do that all of the time. if there is anything unusual they particulary come in to kill it. of couse that is what they came do do. then they lie and say they “didnt know”. what liars they are. ugly violent evil people who deserve to get what they deserve.

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  2. Hunting for: sport, trophy, taxidermy and conservation, is usually committed by people with psychopathic tendencies, who feel little or no empathy or compassion for living, sentient conscious beings.

    People can benefit immensely, by adopting a healthy, whole food, plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle. Which can lead to a more compassionate, harmonious and peaceful world for all living, sentient, conscious beings. And is also much better for the environment 💜

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    • Sorry, but some of us have been medically informed, by a licensed physician, that messy must remain a staple in our diets. While I’m glad not eating meat works for you, please do not generalize the while human race or try to make those of us who don’t have that choice feel bad for not being just like you.

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  3. The term “hunting” doesn’t see appropriate when you have an animal drinking from a stream that gets blown away by a person with a rifle. ????? “Killing” yes, “Hunting” no. And, we know that “Kilers” are trying to make up for other inadequacies in their lives.

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  4. “MISTAKE???” Hell no, it’s not a “mistake”!!! These lowlife unendowed subhuman psychopathic cancer cells knew EXACTLY what they were doing. I hope they “mistakenly” get treated exactly the way they treat our precious wildlife, and soon. We don’t need their kind in the gene pool!

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  5. What a crock of crap. They saw an unusual animal and slaughtered it. Make an example out of them; charge them a hefty monetary fine, and revoke any hunting licenses they have for anywhere in Canada. I wish we had people of integrity and honour in positions of authority.

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  6. I just don’t understand why hunters feel compelled to murder the most beautiful, unique animals that they can possibly find. They shot this moose without a second thought, all to brag about the thrill of the kill and hang its head on a wall. I think they probably knew about the moose and went there specifically to kill him. They probably wondered briefly why such a cool animal would be left alone instead of killed, and they murdered it anyway. Makes me sick.

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  7. These are not good humans! They are assholes who should be shot and pissed on! So they see a beautiful animal and decide “oh, let’s kill it and post photos of us with him”. Stupid fucks! I curse them all to die a most horrific death! I have no respect for any hunter!

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    • I am sorry to say that this pattern of distruction has characterised the behaviour of one particular group of people on our planet, having no regard for what matters to others but themselves. It’s a sad story and I often wish they would find another planet.

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  8. Thanks, interesting story about the big game hunters. Pleased to learn that the people who value the moose are heard. I remember getting frogs in a little plastic container for kicks when my friends visited in the 80’s. But. Canadian moose are more or less iconic. Long Island toads don’t have that common ring. Looks like a bad scene.

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  9. The will go after the beautiful Spirit Bears next. Agree with the comment that said they knew EXACTLY what they were doing. They should not be allowed to hunt *anywhere*.

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  10. “Good men” my ass, they’re typical hunter douchebags who saw something unique and decided that instead of being real men and respecting the animal, they’d kill it so they could put it up as a trophy in their living room. Cowards and pussies, that’s what they are, not good men or real men.

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  11. Why hunt? I’m just curious? I always hear it’s a problem w/their penis. These are weak men. How could you want to kill any animal, but especially one so rare and majestic? I bet they would kill a unicorn if they saw one, too. Lowlifes!

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    • Genesis 9 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, q“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 rThe fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 sEvery moving thing that lives shall be food for you.

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  12. As a hunter myself. This is disgusting act why something so beautiful. at times leave them it what ever alone. There are times in life you just don’t

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  13. I believe this was simply an act of disrespect. These guys knew exactly what they were doing.
    Sure they didn’t know the severity of the situation, but that’s because they chose to ignore it. They would do the same thing over again if they could get away with it.
    This is a very self-serving attitude without any consideration for others. If it’s the bill of people who hunt for sport.

    The irony is this is not about hunting. It is about disrespect. The natives have been hunting all of their lives.

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  14. I hope they don’t have a place to ha g it. If I was a butcher I would refuse to serve them.

    I hope they ckoke on every bit, how cruel when the stories of the importance of this animal was to this community. What? Just for the trophy. Bastards!

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  15. I think true hunters would have left thus very unique and visible animal alone, and tested their skills on the more dangerous, dark-haired forest moose. One they would have had to actualy “hunt” for. If they wanted just a trophy head, they could have donated the skin and flesh to the village.

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  16. They are murderers! Try hunting with no guns, the animals can’t protect themselves against guns. What pleasure do you murderers get from killing? You are nothing but LOWLIFE and
    should be erased from this life….hunted and killed just like you have done. Thank goodness for Karma.

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  17. They didn’t know come on. This is an albino moose doesn’t look anything like a regular moose far from it. They just wanted to get a rare hunt trophy. Hopefully this comes back to them 3 fold. You have never gone to Canada and never go back!!!!

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  18. Animals lives are not ours to take! Stop killing these beautiful animals and eat plants! We are destroying this planet and our health we what we put in our mouths!

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  19. you sick bastard people enjoyed this gentle moose for years and you come along and kill it I hope whatever big company you work for fires you on the spot for taking such a precious animal

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  20. These three hunters will return the sacred head of this moose to the land by handing it over to the Mi’kmaq people. I’m declaring that it be done.

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  21. We are doomed as a species because of the amount of heartless pieces of shit that come to be born as human every day.the wavering drive that humans have to rule the world is insanity, but its everywhere .its in us as a species.it disgusts me.i hate us.i look for to helping as much as i can before i leave this shithole called earth.

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  22. Add to that twenty years ago while living in Cape Breton I saw the local plumber had a white head on his wall. Thinking there is trend…

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  23. Hope the meat was put to use. Before reading they had given the hide to the tribe I was thinking it might be in bad taste to offer both the hide and some meat if the people view the white moose as an old ancestor. I’m still curious if its all white animals that hold a place of honor or if its animals that stay white year round? Are fully black animals held in the same regard? Im assuming so but be nice to know for sure.

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  24. A pox on these jerks, and everyone who thinks it’s cool or fun. I’m sick of this, make the PUNISHMENTS fit the crime. I want to hunt these guys, like in an arena while hunting them for ABSOLUTELY no reason other than to have fun, and brag online. May all these kinds of people get EXACTLY what they deserve!!!!!

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