2018-01-11 / Letters

With hunting, think of the individual deer that’s killed

To the editor:

“The pen is mightier than the sword” and, while it may not be mightier than a rifle, as long as we have free speech and freedom of the press, one can try!

Many thanks to Vern Bauer for reading my editorial, pinpointing some talking points and spelling my name correctly! My original article was written in regard to the Enterprise’s “Hunter Harassment” feature and was brief, so it’s nice to have a chance to elaborate.

Yes, hunting is a legal activity, and it has been practically since the time of the saber-toothed tiger. However, just because something is legal, one does not have to do it. Meat consumption, in general, is becoming more limited, as it isn’t considered to be very healthful.

Mr. Bauer refers to bag limits and the length of hunting season as safeguards for deer. Unfortunately, he’s not thinking about the individual deer, a vulnerable creature who cannot protect himself or be protected by others. It would seem that a deer with a rifle down his throat might object to Mr. Bauer’s statement that hunters do more for animals, than do others! As zillions of us know, there is no hunting requirement, in order to contribute to animal welfare organizations.

Finally, one must thank Mr. Bauer for mentioning “Intolerance.” What an epic film it was! If a film of that stature could be made in regard to the plight of the deer, it just might make a difference!

Kathleen McCormick
Oxford Drive

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