Dear Daily Advertiser:
Re: "Couple Recognized for Giving Help to Handicapped
Hunters" (2/22/04), after the cruel fun is over, animals are left
handicapped, to die slow agonizing deaths.
The Bartels share their hunting expertise, so that
physically limited people can "partake, recognizing no limitations." Recognizing
no limitations in overcoming obstacles is admirable; refusing to recognize
limitations in our rapacity toward others is not.
I am a family social worker. Physically handicapped should
not also mean spiritually handicapped. The Bartels, who consider themselves "blessed" to
travel the world, killing animals, could better share their blessings,
by leaving compassion, not suffering, in their wake.
It is hardly surprising that the loathsome Safari Club
International honored the Bartels. Even these scoundrels know that only
a tiny fraction of the public hunts, that the vast majority of people
hunting, and that hunting is on the decrease. That is why hunters
ludicrously labeled the Bartels "champions for wildlife" and "avid
conservationists." The 211 trophies hanging on their walls tell
What happens to the animals shot, but not immediately
killed, by the blind or armless hunters, especially with bowhunting, which
cripples over 50% of animals shot by non-disabled hunters?
Jackie Bartels called a hog she killed, "the ugliest thing
I have ever seen." To morally evolved humans, the killing, not the
beautiful creation of nature killed, is the ugliest thing that could
ever be seen.
once vibrant, magnificent animals slaughtered to hang on their walls
should be buried and mourned - not joined by more testaments to human
Suffering can degrade or ennoble the spirit of suffering
humans, depending on their CHOICE of whether to heap the suffering they have
endured, or compassion, onto others.
www.all-creatures.org/cash to learn more about
the suffering caused by hunting.
Susan Gordon, Representative
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
New Paltz, NY 12561