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ASK UNCLE JOE

BY JOE MIELE

GOT A QUESTION FOR UNCLE JOE? YOU CAN E-MAIL IT TO ASKUNCLEJOE@HOTMAIL.COM .

WOULD YOU RATHER SNAIL MAIL YOUR QUESTION? SEND IT TO:
ASK UNCLE JOE, C/O WILDLIFE WATCH, BOX 562, NEW PALTZ, NY 12561.

UNCLE JOE GETS A LOT OF MAIL SO DON’T BE OFFENDED IF HE CANNOT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION IN THE COURIER. HECK, HE’S GOTTA WORK A DAY JOB, TOO.

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Dear Uncle Joe:

One article you posted a person said that they were threaten by a hunter on their own land and then turned around and said the person was a felon and wasn’t supposed to even own a gun. Well guess what? That guy is no more a hunter than you are. He is a convicted felon and a menace to society and should not be called a hunter. He is a criminal that was breaking the freaking law.,.. not a hunter. People that poach and slaughter animals out of season AREN’T HUNTERS either. they are CRIMINALS that are breaking the law, NOT HUNTERS. Orginazations like your’s that make out that ALL HUNTING is a bad thing and that ALL hunters are barbaric, orginazation like yours should be outlawed and sued into submission for spreading false propeganda, Half Truths and out right Lies. I hope your group falls apart at the seams and drowns in it’s own foul stench.

Denny S.
Saratoga, WY

Dear Denny:

Thanks for your kind wishes for C.A.S.H.

We often hear from hunters who, like you, accuse felons and those who cannot seem to stay within incredibly liberal game laws of not being “real” hunters. Regardless of whether or not laws are obeyed, those who stalk, lure, or bait animals for the purpose of killing them are no different to the animals whose outcome is the same. The wild animal killers’ victims are no less dead when killed by a “hunter” who obeys all the game laws than they are when killed by a “poacher” who violates one, several, or all game laws. But the fact remains that for too many, killing animals is something that they do for fun and/or profit, and a little thing like the law, which rarely gets enforced due to the lack of law enforcement officers, will not always get in the way of their mission.

As for your wish that organizations like C.A.S.H. be outlawed, it is also something that we’ve heard before. Be careful what you wish for, for your favorite pastimes may be the next to be outlawed.

Peace,

Uncle Joe


Dear Uncle Joe:

I prefer to hunt and harvest my own food when I can. I am connected enough to the land to know where food comes from, and I don’t mean the grocery store. Maybe everyone at your organization is a vegan. More power to you, but do you realize the number of animals are displaced by converting land to farmland. This displacement causes them to lose habitat, become visible to predators, increases disease, etc.

Brent M.
Athens, TX

Dear Brent:

Thank you for contacting Uncle Joe. Believe it or not, we at C.A.S.H. find it admirable that you are concerned about the way the nation’s food supply is brought to our dinner tables. I suspect you have concerns about the quality and safety of store bought meat, and we agree that your concerns are valid. We differ in the way we address those concerns.

C.A.S.H. does not require its members to be vegan, vegetarian or to adhere to any kind of diet or lifestyle. The officers and decision makers within the group are vegans, but there is nothing in our bylaws that requires this to be so.

We recognize that one does not have to be a practicing vegan to be concerned with the actions of state and federal fish and game agencies and the actions they take to promote sport hunting.

You are indeed right that when fields are plowed and farms created, many thousands of animals lose their homes and many others lose their lives. Sadly, this is a reality that we wish were not the case. However, plant-based agriculture (ideally organic, sustainable agriculture) does not inflict the constant and continuous loss of animal life that is required to satisfy one’s desire for meat. Farming corn, collard greens or peas is certainly not as environmentally destructive as the massive feedlots that “farm” the 35+ million cows Americans eat each year or the incredibly wasteful hog facilities that are an absolute environmental nightmare.

Many of our members don’t agree with killing animals to eat them, but that is not the focus of our organization. Our efforts focus on the abuses and anti-environmental practices that are a routine part of a typical state game agency’s modus operandi.

We understand that many people do not share our opinion when it comes to sport hunting, trapping and the role state and federal wildlife agencies play in creating many of the problems associated with wildlife. We hope that in time, as you continue to read the C.A.S.H. Courier and website, you will change your opinion and come to share our views.

Peace,

Uncle Joe

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