Battle of the Rockers: Ted Nugent Responds to Paul McCartney
Waco, TX -- In response to a recent People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) press release quoting former Beatles member Paul McCartney saying a fish's life "was as important to him as mine is to me," rock-and-roll legend and pro-hunting, fishing, and trapping activist Ted Nugent fired back with a "press release" of his own.
"Ted Nugent announced today that he is increasing his harvesting of fish and game to upgrade the public's awareness of hands-on conservation through honest, intelligent, reverential sustained yield utility, as wild game populations continue to flourish and increase because of it," Nugent said.
Nugent further recounted that he "recently killed 18 raccoons, 21 opossums, 2 red fox, 2 grey fox, 6 coyotes, 3 bobcats, a large beaver, 11 crows, a pigeon, 27 squirrels, 3 feral cats, another vicious wild dog, a small cottontail rabbit, 21 bluegill, 8 crappie, 4 bass, and a sucker [fish]."
An avowed conservationist and Second Amendment advocate, Nugent remarked that what he calls his "gonzo" over-the-top treatment of hunting, fishing, trapping, and gun ownership rights mirrors his passion for the outdoor life and wildlife conservation.
"Balance, bio-diversity, cleaner air, soil and water conservation, and a pure diet of perfect renewable venison are the mainstays of the true conservationist and outdoor sportsman," Nugent said.
The rocker-cum-outdoorsman pointed to his work with Hunters for the Hungry, a charity whereby hunters donate wild game to help feed those in need, as an example of the kind of hands-on conservation and general benefit to humanity that hunters, fishermen, and trappers provide.
"Generous American hunters killed, gutted, skinned, aged, butchered, cooked, and served more than 250 million hot meals of perfect, ultra-nutrition meals of renewable venison to America's homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and needy fellow Americans last year," Nugent said.
In a barb aimed at PETA and its message, Nugent added: "This same society of conservationists will pray for LSD burned-out rockers like Paul McCartney and his ilk so they may someday regain brain function and resultant logic."
Nugent then proclaimed he was "loading his trucks with enormous quantities of sporting goods on his way to kill many turkeys, bear, and fish for his annual ‘SpiritWild shopping spree'."