Wouldn’t it be nice if Mike Love didn’t supporting killing for fun
Brian Wilson who co-founded the Beach Boys asked fans join him and sign a petition called
“Tell the Beach Boys to Say No to Trophy Hunting!”. Mike Love’s Beach Boys will be playing at a national hunting convention.
Mike Love owns the licence to the name ‘The Beach Boys’ and has booked his band to perform at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nev.
Brian said on Twitter:
This organization supports trophy hunting, which Both Al and I are emphatically opposed to. There’s nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition at https://t.co/vOUtJDq6t2
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) February 3, 2020
Safari Club International is a U.S.-based non-profit organisation that described itself of more than 50,000 hunters dedicated to protecting the right to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation worldwide.
They said in a statement released this week: “The Safari Club International is and always will be equally dedicated to both the conservation of wildlife and the right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. As such, we support the right of anti-hunting petitioners to protest our convention, but we hope they understand how much more they could achieve by working with us instead of against us.”
The protest also calls for fans to boycott their music and concerts until The Beach Boys withdraw from the convention and “publicly state their opposition to this ‘sick’ sport of killing animals for ‘fun.’” The petition also mentions that Donald Trump Jr. himself is a speaker at the conference and it includes a photo of Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric.
The petition has over 100,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
In a statement, according to Pitchfork, Mike Love said “we look forward to a night of great music in Reno and, as always, support freedom of thought and expression as a fundamental tenet of our rights as Americans.’’
There was been issues between Mike Love and Brian Wilson for many years now. Mike Love successfully sued Wilson twice in the early 1990s, over songwriting credits and defamation in a Wilson biography.