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Ask Uncle Joe
BY JOE MIELE
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Dear Uncle Joe:
What is wrong with you? hunting is a sport no different or any more violent,
then football , hockey, boxing, soccer and if done properly causes the
animal little or no pain, and is really not as violent as most contact
sports!!! donít you think hunting a far less violent pastime, then sitting
home watching the violence in modern day cartoons and video games, talk
The last time I checked, more people were killed while hunting than in the
sports you mentioned. Also, hunting is the only sport where people who
are not participating in any way end up being killed because of it.
Has anyone ever been killed because a boxing match was taking place adjacent
to their property? I donít think so.
Oh yes, the ďcartoons and video games are violentĒ argument. I almost
forgot about that one. Um. No, they are not. Cartoons are drawings, and
drawings cannot be violent. Video games are images on a TV or computer
screen, and they are not violent either. Violence is taking a REAL gun
or a REAL bow or a REAL fishing rod and killing REAL animals.
YOU IDIOT!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE POSTING ABOUT THE MAN WHO WAS
BURN IN A MARSH FIRE IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING HE DIDNíT CATCH ALLIGATORS FOR
SPORT HE CAUGHT THEM TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM BEING KILLED BY THEM EVERYONE
IN THIS TOWN LOVED THAT MAN FOR WHAT HE DID TO PREVENT THE DEATH OF PEOPLE
Gee, did you get this upset with CNN when they posted the story? No? Then
why complain when we do it? Since I had no idea how many children in Florida
are being killed by alligators, I pulled up the following statistic (and no,
I donít feel like looking for something more current) 16 people have died
from alligator attacks in Florida between 1948 and May, 2006. Since thatís
roughly about one person every four years, should we be killing all
alligators or being more careful? Itís never a good idea to leave children
Dear Uncle Joe:
I am about to become a member after watching a video on the murder of
wildlife by, I am ashamed to say, humans. Can we really stop this carnage?
How can I help?
Like you, I was moved to action after seeing video of what humans do to
animals in the name of profit and sport. That was nearly 20 years ago.
Since then, Iíve come to believe that we are in the last few decades of
organized sport hunting because state and federal hunting agencies (such as
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Departments of Natural
Resources) are alarmed by the number of hunters who die or otherwise drop
out of the sport every year.
How can we be sure that the trend away from violent forms of recreation
continues? We can post our property and continue to deny hunters, trappers
and anglers access. If we see trespassers we should report them to the
police and the local conservation law enforcement agency ASAP.
We can use humane methods of reducing unwanted interaction with wildlife
through the use of humane repellents, physical exclusion barriers, strategic
property modification, and where appropriate (and legal) humane trapping and
We can speak out to those who still believe that hunting benefits
wildlife in some way, and we can continue to expose the lie that hunting
reduces wildlife populations.
We can write letters to newspapers and magazines whenever you see ďfluff
piecesĒ on hunting, fishing and trapping.
We can speak with local, state and federal lawmakers about the need for
legislation to protect wildlife and property owners from hunters.
We can learn which organizations do not oppose hunting (Sierra Club,
National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund to name a few) and support
only those that clearly state their opposition to hunting in any form, such
We can run for local office and directly have a say in the way wildlife
is treated in our community.
There are many things we can do, so letís get to it!
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