Dec. 23, 2009: We're still in the dark ages

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To The Editor:
Answering Ryan Trapani, he is biased and mistaken. Deer and other wildlife do not need people to regulate their populations. In fact, they are better at it than humans. The biggest problem we have concerning forests at this point in time is human development.
Hunting does not teach people self-sufficiency, nor does it connect individuals and society to land and forests, any more than taking a peaceful hike in the forest and observing nature.
Leaving the supermarket in Margaretville last week, I was greeted by the sight of a deer lying atop a vehicle, its graceful neck swung over the side and the disemboweled stomach slit open. A little girl came out of the door behind me, saw the savage sight and burst out crying. Two men decked out in their hunting garb walked by and climbed into the vehicle, while the little girl was pulled away by her mother. That child’s reaction was the natural response to the violent “sport” of hunting.
Trapani is correct in saying that state and national agencies benefit from hunting and fishing license fees. There is money to be gained from hunting all around. But greed should not supersede our capacity for making choices for the health and safety of people, the well-being of defenseless animals that care for their young and our natural environment. (If you need money that badly, and you don’t hunt, Jesus will surely help you to get a job and watch over you.)
Trapani mentions the 10,000-year-old tradition of hunting, he certainly does belong in the dark ages, when primitive people practiced their activities of daily living using outhouses, carried their water in pails from a stream or well and did not have the science which now tells us that a superior diet consists of food derived from vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and grains.

Pauline Cirincione,
Margaretville