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A Dying Child's Tragic Wish

 Sent to the Helena, Montana Independent Record

 

9/30/03

 

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

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting

Box 334

Rochelle Park, NJ  07662

201-368-8271

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