23 October 2015

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE 3,200 PEOPLE HOPING TO KILL BEARS OVER THE NEXT WEEK


Dear Bear Hunters,
It’s strange to me that you consider killing living things a sport. That you smile over the carcass of a once-living thing and revel in your kill both shocks and offends me.

Killing animals for food is one thing – cows are cute, but I love me some steak – but to do it for “sport” just seems sick.

But even though I don’t get it, I do understand that there is a time and a place for hunting. Allowing for regulated hunting seasons can effectively control nuisance animals.

I don’t blame you, hunter. You’ve been told the Florida black bear is a nuisance animal. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told you the bear population had come booming back since being removed from the endangered species list.

They told you people were being attacked because bears were encroaching into neighborhoods.
What you may not have been told, you 3,200 hunters who have received permits to hunt these once endangered animals, is that it’s their land that’s been encroached.

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