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COUPLE RECOGNIZED FOR GIVING HELP TO HANDICAPPED HUNTERS

2/26/04

Dear Daily Advertiser:

Re: "Couple Recognized for Giving Help to Handicapped Hunters" (2/22/04), after the cruel fun is over, animals are left handicapped, to die slow agonizing deaths.

The Bartels share their hunting expertise, so that physically limited people can "partake, recognizing no limitations." Recognizing no limitations in overcoming obstacles is admirable; refusing to recognize limitations in our rapacity toward others is not.

I am a family social worker. Physically handicapped should not also mean spiritually handicapped. The Bartels, who consider themselves "blessed" to travel the world, killing animals, could better share their blessings, by leaving compassion, not suffering, in their wake.

It is hardly surprising that the loathsome Safari Club International honored the Bartels. Even these scoundrels know that only a tiny fraction of the public hunts, that the vast majority of people oppose hunting, and that hunting is on the decrease. That is why hunters ludicrously labeled the Bartels "champions for wildlife" and "avid conservationists." The 211 trophies hanging on their walls tell the truth.

What happens to the animals shot, but not immediately killed, by the blind or armless hunters, especially with bowhunting, which cripples over 50% of animals shot by non-disabled hunters?

Jackie Bartels called a hog she killed, "the ugliest thing I have ever seen." To morally evolved humans, the killing, not the beautiful creation of nature killed, is the ugliest thing that could ever be seen. The once vibrant, magnificent animals slaughtered to hang on their walls should be buried and mourned - not joined by more testaments to human depravity.

Suffering can degrade or ennoble the spirit of suffering humans, depending on their CHOICE of whether to heap the suffering they have endured, or compassion, onto others.

Go to www.all-creatures.org/cash to learn more about the suffering caused by hunting.

Susan Gordon, Representative
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561


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