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The Tragedy of Hunting Accidents

Sent to the Shreveport (LA) Times

11/12/03

KTBS 3 News recently reported on the tragic hunting accident that caused a twelve-year old boy in Caddo Parish to be hospitalized after being shot in his side. Unfortunately, occurrences like these happen all too often during hunting season. In the past few months, the following hunting accidents have taken place:

A ten-year-old Baltimore County (MD) boy was killed by a crossbow while hunting on October 25th; a sixteen-year old Schererville, Indiana boy was hit with buckshot while in his back yard; another sixteen-year old Indiana boy was shot with an arrow by a friend who mistook him for a deer; a seventeen-year old Idaho boy was shot and killed in a hunting accident on the Nez Perce Reservation; and a six year-old Texas boy was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound resulting from a hunting accident. These are only some of the tragic incidents that take place every hunting season. Some of the accidents are posted to http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/taah.html#safe  

According to the International Hunter Education Association, youths aged nineteen and younger accounted for almost 23% of shooting related hunting accidents reported nationwide in 2001 (the latest statistics cited). This figure shows that even after taking hunting education courses, putting deadly weapons in the hands of children is at best, pernicious. Because of this, we call upon parents everywhere to teach their children to appreciate and respect wildlife, and if they must shoot, to shoot only with a camera. To read about humane ways of coexisting with wildlife, please visit http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/ or contact the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting at 845-256-1400.

Joe Miele
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Box 562
New Paltz, NY 12563

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