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Squirrel Hunting Could Be Disastrous

Sent to the Star Telegram - Ft. Worth, TX 10/16/03

Bob Hood's article on Squirrel hunting (Squirrel hunting is a good first step toward bigger game, 10/12/03) left out an important detail - that hunting is a very dangerous sport that often has a disastrous effect on children.

The number of hunting accidents involving children is nothing short of staggering. Recent incidents include:

Sixteen-year old Jason McDowell of Indiana, who was shot with an arrow while hunting with a sixteen-year old friend who mistook him for a deer (October 5);

A 14-year old Utah boy who was hospitalized after being shot in the torso while hunting (September 5), and many others.

In fact, the International Hunter Education Association reports that sixteen Texas children aged nineteen and younger were reported victims of hunting accidents in calendar year 2001.

Instead of taking a child to the woods hunting with a gun to kill helpless and harmless squirrels, take him or her out to shoot squirrels with a camera. You will teach the child valuable lesions about respecting nature and her creatures, and you may also be saving that child's life.

Joe Miele
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting

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