assuming no kind of punishment is too severe for the boy who robs a birds nest, I call attention to the fact that this bill [MBTA] does not protect game birds. Instead of being called a bill for the protection of game birds, it ought to be named a bill for the protection of game-bird hunters. The real purpose of this bill, so far as it applies to game birds, is not to protect the birds, is not to give them life, but to fix it so that the ragged boys, the people far away in the country who have not bird dogsto fix it so that the common people of the country can not get their fair share of the game and so that only those who are able to afford game preserves and fancy equipment for hunting and all the paraphernalia that goes with it . . . can get the game.
56 Cong. Rec. 7364 (1918).