Brian Wilson Decries Beach Boys Concert At Trophy Hunting Convention

Carla Harmon
February 4, 2020

A couple of days ago, a petition was launched on urging Love's Beach Boys to drop out of playing the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, NV later this week.

The former singer group, now directed by Mike LoveHe will be presented Wednesday at the International Safari Club Convention in Reno, Nevada, and Wilson is eager to stop the concert, revealing that he and his former band mate from The Beach Boys Al Jardine They are "emphatically opposed to hunting".

Brian Wilson Decries Beach Boys Concert At Trophy Hunting Convention

Brian Wilson is asking fans to sign a petition in an attempt to stop a Beach Boys concert that's taking place later this week at a convention of hunters. However another founding member, Love, owns the touring rights to the name of the influential 60s band.

"This organization supports trophy hunting", Wilson tweeted, adding that this is something he and fellow Beach Boys original member Al Jardine "are emphatically opposed to". In a statement via Pitchfork he 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". "Peace & Love, Mike Love".

The petition, started by Eduardo Goncalves, says that the convention "is the world's biggest wildlife killing market - a staggering 870 companies will be selling trophy hunting holidays and wildlife body parts including animal heads this year".

Last week in the United Kingdom, a government consultation on banning the importing and exporting of hunting trophies has been extended by one month in order to get more responses.

However, some conservationists argue money made from trophy hunting goes towards protecting endangered animals - an income source that could be lost if it was banned. The page also included a letter to the Beach Boys' manager Elliott Lott.

As of press time, Wilson's petition - which includes a full boycott of Beach Boys music - has risen over 80,000 signatures, more than halfway to its goal of 150,000.

Mike Love, another band founder, will perform alongside longtime member Bruce Johnston - to the fury of Wilson, whose name is synonymous with the group.

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