Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
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A Dying Child's Tragic Wish
to the Helena, Montana Independent Record
As I write this letter, twelve-year old
John Belk is being allowed to hunt out-of-season because heís dying of
cancer. It is a tragedy that young John is so terribly ill and we wish
only the best for him and his family during this difficult time, but we
question the wisdom of allowing John the opportunity to kill an animal
that poses no threat to him or to anyone else.
Instead of teaching him that wild animals value their lives as much as he
values his own, Johnís parents and others encouraged him to kill. They
encouraged him to be violent toward the natural world at a time when he
has to come to terms with the most difficult stage of life that each of us
will have to face.
Johnís life is precious and many people are trying to show him how loved
he is. We hope at some point they will understand that an animalís life
is also precious; precious to that animal and to his family. We hope
that John will be able to enjoy being a part of nature, and that he
observes Montana's wildlife without destroying some of it.
Joe Miele, Vice President
Abolish Sport Hunting
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
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