Hunters could do­nate in other ways

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

If hunters truly want to help the hun­gry — in­stead of us­ing eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies as yet an­other ex­cuse to jus­tify their blood­lust — killing an­i­mals and toss­ing their corpses at the poor is prob­a­bly the least ef­fec­tive thing they can do (“Hunters help the hun­gry: Veni­son vi­tal to char­i­ties,” Web, Dec. 10).

For the amount of money that hunters spend on guns, bows, ar­rows, am­mu­ni­tion, hunt­ing li­censes, spe­cial cloth­ing, tree stands, deer blinds, other hunt­ing gear and time off work, a hand­ful of hunters could prob­a­bly feed a fam­ily for an en­tire year. Healthy, lean pro­tein sources such as beans are less than $7 for a 10-pound bag.

And in the days, week­ends and even weeks they spend stalk­ing and killing an­i­mals, they could help count­less un­em­ployed in­di­vid­u­als look for work, help make im­prove­ments to dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies’ homes be­fore win­ter, or dis­trib­ute meals at the food bank or soup kitchen.

Hunters aren’t Robin Hood. They kill be­cause they en­joy it.

MICHELLE KRETZER Blog­ger, The PETA Foun­da­tion Nor­folk, Va.

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