Response to: Her Love of Turkey Hunting
The following LTE in response to
was sent to The Tennessean on 1/25/04
A recent article in The Tennessean addressed women's
basketball star Courtney Boynton and her love of Turkey Hunting. It is
tragic that such a promising young woman has little compassion for birds who
have such a storied past in America.
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.
Sadly, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has
declared war on these birds. Turkeys are not overpopulated in Tennessee; in
fact, the TWRA has stocked them in certain counties for no other purpose
than to provide hunters with living targets to kill. The birds cause no
damage and are not implicated in significant amounts of car accidents. It
seems that Tennessee's hunters have nothing better to do than to enjoy
killing these harmless and helpless animals.
The TWRA is in the business to sell hunting permits, and
they will manipulate hunted animal populations by breeding them, clear
cutting tracts of forest to increase their food supply, and killing off
their natural predators. The TWRA collects the fees generated by the sale of
hunting permits, as well as excise taxes on firearms and ammunition, because
the Agency needs to raise millions of dollars in revenue just to cover the
salaries of its employees.
Help stop this maddening slaughter of Tennessee's wild
animals. Reject the pro-hunting, anti-wildlife propaganda of the Tennessee
Wildlife Resources Agency.
Contact the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting at
or 845-256-1400 and help to eradicate the cancer of hunting once and