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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 .

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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 about violence!!

Larry
Glenville, MN

Dear Larry:
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.

Peace,
Uncle Joe

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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 

Alena,
Goodland, FL

Dear Alena:
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 unattended.

Peace,
Uncle Joe

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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?

Gina,
Albuquerque, NM

Hello Gina:
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 relocation.

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 as C.A.S.H.

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!

Peace,
Uncle Joe.

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