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Letter to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mr. Lewis' recent (Jan. 22) attempt to justify trophy hunting was a study in irony.

If a predator such as a wolf, bear, lion, what-have-you kills for fun (and few true examples of this exist in nature) then immediately it is denounced, degraded, bitterly described in the worst terms and death for the animal if not the entire species is loudly prescribed.

If a trophy hunter kills for fun then Mr. Lewis sees nothing wrong with a pat on the back, a jolly "job well done!", maybe a few photos of this magnificent triumph of technology over nature.

As Mark Twain once said, "Man is the only animal that blushes...or needs to."

P.S. Having hunted successfully a number of times I speak with an appreciation of the ethical hunter rather than the trophy hunter who lessens the quality of the gene pool of moose, sheep, etc, simply to adorn his self-esteem.

Art Greenwalt

Fairbanks



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