No sports­man­ship in ray hunt­ing

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

A bloody spec­ta­cle took place June 26 in St. Mary’s County: The Amer­i­can Bowhunters Ex­treme Bow­fish­ing Big 5 Stingray Tour­na­ment was staged at Clarke’s Land­ing in Hol­ly­wood. This macabre con­test in­volved par­tic­i­pants shoot­ing cownose rays from a boat, then hoist­ing them on board and of­ten club­bing them to death to fin­ish the job. Video taken from the event shows the poor an­i­mals flap­ping their wings and writhing in pain.

Cownose rays are not eaten — this event ap­pears to be run en­tirely for the thrill of the kill and for prizes. There is no over­sight as to how many rays can be slaugh­tered and many of the an­i­mals killed are preg­nant fe­males that have trav­eled to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay to give birth. There is no sports­man­ship in this point-blank, waste­ful killing.

South­ern Mary­land is a spe­cial place, and a well-kept se­cret. It would be un­for­tu­nate if it be­came known for th­ese shame­ful tour­na­ments. Let’s en­sure this year’s cownose ray killing event is its last.

Lynne Gil­lis, Hunt­ing­town

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.