Barring Bucksom Beauties: Leading Distributor in England Bars Sale Of Hunting and Shooting Magazines To Children

The largest distributor of magazines in Britain will now require people to show identification to confirm their age to purchase a new category of magazines that will join hard porn as potentially harmful to children: hunting and shooting magazines. After a campaign by animal rights groups, the retailer has agreed to restrict access to such magazines despite the fact that children can hunt and shoot in England.


Even adults will now have to produce identification when a “till prompt” tells the cashier that an illicit magazine is in their cart. So a child can use a shotgun in England at any age but they cannot buy a shooting or hunting magazine.

The new rule was the result of a campaign following the release of a report by Animal Aid, claiming that the “lurid, pro-violence content” of country sports magazines can have a “corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds.” The report, “Gunning For Children: How The Gun Lobby Recruits Young Blood,” suggests the treatment of sporting magazines in the same way as pornography for anyone under 18. Of course, they can still buy Batman, Thor, and other comics which depict human on human violence. If the standard is violence, we would have to protect kids from a host of magazines and books ranging from the Harry Potter series to Hunger Games.

Now this is not to say that such a rule could not be used in other countries like a rule that could have a use in Tunisia where the leading children’s magazine “Qawz Quzah,” reportedly has run an edition after the Arab Spring that shows children how to make Molotov cocktails.

The regulations of such choices and tastes are a common element of what has been describes as the “nanny state.” In this case, however, the rule is imposed by a private corporation as opposed to the government. What concerns me is the imposition of such a rule based on one study. I am highly skeptical regarding the suggested cause and effect from reading such magazines. First, this is a broad category of magazines that covers many outdoor recreational stories and pursuits. While many disagree with hunting, many hunters are environmentalists or conservationalists. These magazines often discuss naturalist subjects and safety themes.

What do you think of the rule?

Source: Cornell

26 thoughts on “Barring Bucksom Beauties: Leading Distributor in England Bars Sale Of Hunting and Shooting Magazines To Children

  1. Yeah, what John said. Its not really a free speech issue when it is a private company censoring the speech. Its still silly and small minded but thats the beauty of the “free market”.

    If only people would act rationally ;)

  2. I guess that a biography of Teddy Roosevelt would have to be banned as well since he was an avid hunter. Of course, he was also the most environmentaly engaged President we have ever had. This is one example of anti-gun nuts taking another way to limit and get rid of guns. Next they will be going after meat in the supermarkets to make us all vegans.

  3. as much as I disagree, it is the right of the business to do this. It is also the right of the consumer to quit buying the product.

    My guess is that this will end in a few months when their magazine sales fall off the cliff.

  4. I remember the years of my youth reading this magazine and was even a contributor. That said I am also aware that there was ZERO discussion of humanely doing any of the acts. The magazine was about the lifestyle and everything but taking a life. This is the schizophrenia inducing mentality that allows armchair warfare. It is a fantasy representing itself as reality. The comic books do not follow that plan.

  5. rafflaw:

    I dont know too many hunters who promote gun violence, that is usually the domain of crazies and criminals.

    It wont have any affect on gun violence because hunters are not violent people. Killing a deer or a grouse for one’s dinner is a long way from killing people.

  6. Like PC, the influence of PETA is pernicious. I live in a hunting state. I’ve never been a hunter but as Mr. Turley states, the hunters I know are indeed enviromentalists. And, many hunters donate the venison to homeless shelters and food kitchens. Even the nanny Wi. govt. allows it done w/ few regulations. There are always PETA protest during deer season and the get some publicity. However, their cause would be served better if they weren’t so radical and had more common sense. You do realize their goal is to turn the world vegan, don’t you? It would only take a few generations for our brains to shrink back to cave dweller size. So if that occurs, invest in reality tv, gladiator movies, the YES Network, tobacco and guns.

  7. As a lifelong city resident I know meat comes from supermarkets. When I buy my rib-eyes or hamburger I always look for the label that says
    “No animals were killed or inured to bring you this product”
    They must use bad glue on these meat products labels, I assume they always fall off.
    I am responsible for the raising and killing of cows, pigs, chickens, etc. every year. I am an armchair chicken hawk hunter, I let others kill my meat,
    I sure do enjoy many a meal of butchered cooked animal flesh.
    I also wrap my feet often in cow skin for protection.
    I am thinking of writing a book named “thank you COW” for children. It will feature pictures of all animals before, during and after slaughter. maybe it will be a big seller..
    My Goodness, some realities are uncomfortable. Animals are slaughtered every day for our tables and stomachs. We all (non-vegans) are just as responsible for their deaths as our ancestor hunters that speared, shot, or trapped them. I am a meat eater, and will continue to be.
    This IS reality. …NOT telling children of this fact is probably more abusive than telling them. Adults fool themselves every day, in order to do this we also must fool our children. Meat eating is an amazingly simple and recognized example of this.
    Any chance we fool our children about Religion, Sex, Death, and Cultural superiority ……. so that we adults can more easily fool ourselves.

  8. Exposing kids to repeated vivid images and statues of a guy being murdered by nailing him to a tree trunk, where he can die a slow lingering death in excruciating pain is OK.

    On the other hand, learning about hunting and fishing for food, plus environmental skills is not OK. Well, I can see where our priorities went all wrong.

  9. Not unexpected given how people cave to these groups sometimes.

    OS is right in his contrast. One is viewed as being sacred and the other by some as threatening to children. It is really about politics and not reason.

    Market forces will untimately decide this. If enough Country Dwellers in England publicly refuse to shop at this store and the sales drop measurably it might quietly go away.

  10. What does donating venison to the homeless tell you? What I read is that they enjoy killing and rationalized killing more than they can eat by donating it to charity. I was a hunter and I am fully aware of the dissonance that occurs. Psychologists will tell you that dissonance always finds an outlet. Sometimes constructive and sometimes not. Some hunters recognise the pursuit is what they want and creatively use cameras to record the “kill” or hookless jigs, lures and flies for fishing. BTW, the amount of meat the first world eats today is several times more than prehistory generations could dream of eating. ( hence the degenerative diseases that plague us)

    The magazines do not train hunting for food. They train the enjoyment of hunting. There are necessary evils in the world….this is not one of them.

  11. “Next they will be going after meat in the supermarkets to make us all vegans.”

    Not a bad idea considering the antibiotics and hormones put in most of the animals raised for food.

    Some hunters do it for the food. Some even get more than their limit b/c it fills the freezer so there is food until the next hunting season. I have no problem with this.

    Those who hunt for the thrill of the it or for the trophy, well, I’d like to arm the animals. I was once in the home of a trophy hunter – deer, elk, moose, full size bear in the foyer, large animals I couldn’t identify. His next safari was to bag an elephant. His young boys had their own display of quail. I suppressed the nausea until I got home. Then I took a looong shower.

    I’ve looked thru some of the hunting and fishing magazines in waiting rooms. Love the pictures of the living wildlife, not so much the rest of it.

    I don’t kids are drawn to this unless it’s already in the family, in which case, they already have access. The restriction will probably quietly die out due to boycott.

  12. Most people probably know there is a code of conduct true hunters follow that would be good for young boys and girls to learn if they choose to hunt and these hunting and fishing magazines indirectly teach it. I don’t see a problem with this.

    There is a sporting goods store I occasionally shop at which has hunting pictures posted of many of their customers. One image was of a man crouched down with his catch he bagged with a rifle. It was a Bison he proudly stood in front of. However, much to my chagrin, in the background were other Bison nearby grazing along and other items to indicate it was more of a very large corral than an open range. I was dismayed. It was more like shooting cattle in a feed lot. Not sporting at all. And to think he was a foolish enough to post this and embarass himself with every true hunter in town.

    A month or so ago, my wife and I were watching some Alaska reality type show on Discovery or a similar network. In the show, two men were seeking to hunt bear. They found a cave and talked about how they were going to put a rifle in it and get him. The bear was hibernating. Unbelievable! My wife couldn’t stand to see this and changed the channel. She doesn’t shoot or know anything about hunting but was angry at the network for showing “Dishonorable” as she put it hunting methods.

    Some people could learn a thing or two from reading Field and Stream.

  13. I suppose there is some infinitesimal value to playing music for those walking to the gas chamber. The rationalization of the current paradigm knows no limit. Reminds me of a professor that stated that coffee drinking should be encouraged as a source of cream. ( back in the days milk was thought to be good)

  14. Once upon a time, in the far north Yukon Territory, I noticed this old timer.

    I asked him “do you like hunting?”, to which he replied “hell no, but I do like finding” …

    Perplexed, I asked him “do you like fishing?”, to which he replied “hell no, but I do like catching” …

    I never got time to ask him about magazines …

  15. When my son was in pre-med, he was clinical assistant to the chair of the chemistry department. The good professor had an out of town visitor who noted several duck stamp prints on the wall, and his ashtray was full of shotgun shells instead of cigarette butts. A row of duck decoys sat on his bookcase. Picking up one of the shotgun shells, the visitor exclaimed, “Dr. X, I see you enjoy hunting.”

    The professor replied, “Oh no, no! I hunt duck.”

  16. the “lurid, pro-violence content” of country sports magazines can have a “corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds.”

    I applaud this move.

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