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Well, I do not use living creatures such as mice, voles, squirrels, pijuns and such to attract raptors, owls in particular. I do not lament the fact that I am deprived of such photo "opportunities" as a result. However, more often than not, past discussions of this subject haven't had happy endings. Therefore, I shall say no more.
Although I must add that I do not like to socialize with photographers who use live bait, or flush birds on purpose in order to get in-flight shots, or make an exceedingly close approach to a bird's nest, etc. ...Show more →
I agree 100%. I could list a handful of reasons why baiting can harm a bird and reduce its chances of survival, but I, too, know that, whenever the subject comes up, the exchanges between those who bait and those who have ethical issues with baiting can get ugly very quickly.
There are certain types of pictures for which, as soon as I see them, I know that there is a 99.9% chance that they were taken with the aid of baiting. We each have to make our own decisions about ethics. For me, if the only way that I am able to get, for example, a picture of an owl capturing its prey is by baiting, I, too, am happy to go on without having been able to get that kind of picture. While people have the right to do things if they are not violating any laws, others have the right to make judgments about the ethics of what they are doing.