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Stop Turkey Hunting

Sent to Knoxville, TN area papers.

letters@knews.com  

1/11/04

A recent article in the Outdoors section announced that applications for the spring turkey hunt are available through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. It is tragic that the majestic birds are regarded by some as little more than moving targets to shoot.

Before the Bald Eagle became known as the symbol of America, the great statesman and revolutionary Benjamin Franklin put his support behind the turkey being honored as the national bird. Franklin's choice would have been a good one, as the North American wild turkey was here to greet the Pilgrims as they landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has declared war on these birds for no reason other than to provide the state's hunters with a form of recreation. The TWRA is in the business of sell hunting permits and collecting firearms and bow and arrow excise taxes. It is no surprise then that managers manipulate hunted animal populations by breeding them, clear cutting tracts of forest to increase their food supply, and killing off their natural predators. Because the TWRA needs to sell millions of dollars worth of hunting licenses and permits just to cover the salaries of its employees, it will stop at virtually nothing to ensure an overabundance of animals to hunt.

Help stop this maddening slaughter of Tennessee's native animals. Reject the pro-hunting, anti-wildlife propaganda spewed forth by the arrogant Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Contact the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting at http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/ or 845-256-1400 and help to eradicate the cancer of sport hunting once and for all.

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