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January 25, 2010

My Turn: Hunters Helping the Hungry is a self-serving endeavor


If hunters are as philanthropic as Congressman Murphy's bill would have us believe, they might consider dipping into their own pockets to help the needy.

Hunting is not just a benign, harmless "sport." To even use the word in relation to hunting is to mindlessly repeat a cruel hoax. A sport involves a fair competition in which the better side wins. Only hunters argue that it is fair to stalk a defenseless animal with high-powered rifles, put out cruel leg-hold traps, bait animals with rotting animal flesh, hide behind blinds, lay out decoys, hunt fenced-in animals where it is impossible for them to escape, shoot animals from airplanes, snow sleds and other moving vehicles, and otherwise use superior human intelligence to brutally kill innocent animals that have no means with which to defend themselves.

One has only to see a deer writhing grotesquely on the ground, having been penetrated completely through with a high-powered arrow, to feel thoroughly disgusted by this so-called "sport."

Many people condemn this atrocious "sport" that causes millions of animals wounded by hunters to flee into the woods, where they suffer and die in agony.

This constituency does not support tax breaks that lead to more cruel killing of animals. People of faith should be appalled and should have the courage to stand up and express their opposition.

Many hunters get a kick from killing, or kill just so they can put a trophy on their wall to brag about. Would we dare brag about stalking and shooting a cat or a dog?

If we are honest, we will admit there is no difference between killing a beloved household animal than a deer or an elk or a bear or a pheasant except that one is tame and the other is feral.

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