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Yonkers, NY 10704


Hunter makes poor arguments

Published in THE JOURNAL NEWS December 31, 2003:

Peter J. Dronzek repeatedly refers to a 'rural' Yonkers of 50 years ago. Yes, 50 years ago Yonkers was largely farmland - but in 2003 Yonkers is a densely-populated urban living space that must address safety concerns inapplicable 50 years ago.

Mr. Dronzek states, "With today's training, regulations and precision equipment, bow hunting is extraordinarily efficient." The fact is, training related to licensing is rudimentary and minimal. Several websites cite at least 100 serious hunting accidents in the last four years, involving bow hunting as well as firearms; if serious accidents and fatalities occur involving guns - which certainly have greater precision than the bow and arrow - imagine the problems related to a large, two-part object that is at the mercy of any gust of wind?

Mr. Dronzek loses credibility as well by trying to portray himself as "caring" about deer being eaten by coyotes; taking his personal killing machine away stops him from helping the deer. I call this the 'social worker defense.' He further goes on to bemoan the fact that the youth of today don't have a place to hunt and fist; but it seems to me he should be far more concerned about the recent near collapse of the Yonkers school system and how to avoid this happening again - a strong school system is far more valuable to young people than 'having a place to hunt or fish.'

As a Yonkers resident, I am proud that Coucil member Dee Barbato is introducing dynamic, forward-thinking legislation that will protect each and every Yonkers resident.

Kiley Blackman

The writer is spokesperson,
Animal Defenders of Westchester

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