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Recruiting Young Hunters

Sent to Washington State’s Spokesman-Review

11/25/03

A recent article in the Spokesman-Review reported on hunting preserves that are opening their doors to youth hunts in an attempt to lure children into the blood sport (Group invites young hunters to preserve 11/16). In truth, this is occurring because game agencies are fighting an uphill battle to keep the number of active hunters from further decline. The population of hunters has been plummeting over the past decade (though not fast enough for us).

Hunter Richard Penn is quoted as saying "I think getting youngsters involved in the outdoors is a very clean, healthy activity..." but contrary to his opinion, putting a bullet or an arrow through the internal organs of a helpless and harmless animal is neither clean nor healthy.

With sales of hunting licenses dropping steadily nationwide, game farms and private hunting ranches are struggling to create a new generation of hunters if they wish to exist in the relatively near future.

Clearly the public is rejecting the slaughter of harmless animals for sport. The image of cave dwellers comes to the minds of many people when they think of those who hunt and trap animals for recreation. Hunting and trapping animals for kicks is a barbaric practice that has no place in the modern world.

Joe Miele, Vice President
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
PO Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12561
201-368-8271

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