Not dis­gust­ing at all!

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I felt com­pelled to re­spond to Pete’s ‘That’s dis­gust­ing’ re­ply in the Fe­bru­ary edi­tion, to Char­lie Portlock’s fas­ci­nat­ing and in­for­ma­tive, rab­bit head dis­sec­tion ar­ti­cle. I hadn’t got the means to do this sort of ex­per­i­ment my­self, and over years of hunt­ing rab­bits (with head shots) I had of­ten pon­dered upon the in­ter­nal work­ings. ‘What goes through their head?’ you might say. I am sure you gave long and care­ful thought be­fore pub­lish­ing it and I ap­plaud you for do­ing so. I doubt any­one who has gut­ted any game could be of­fended, and am sure that they would take it from the in­tended stand­point. It re­minded me of the in­struc­tional cross-sec­tional, cut-away mod­els used to teach stu­dents how cars and plane en­gines work, which can still be seen in mu­se­ums.

I’m hop­ing that the silent ma­jor­ity of the read­er­ship will be nod­ding in agree­ment that it goes with the ter­ri­tory. Would a shoot­ing ‘anti’ pay to buy a mag­a­zine in the hope of be­ing of­fended? Do they avoid driv­ing in case they come across road kill? There were a num­ber of ref­er­ences in the ar­ti­cle to re­spect­ing your quarry and a min­imi­sa­tion of pain; they’re not the choice of words

I would ex­pect from a ‘bar­bar­ian’.

Although I doubt that you have been flooded with sim­i­lar ob­jec­tions, maybe putting a ‘graphic im­age’ warn­ing in the Con­tents page would be ‘belt and braces’. What more could any­one rea­son­ably do? I look for­ward to the forth­com­ing squir­rel ar­ti­cle in a sim­i­lar vein! Andy Ed­wards Hello Andy I’m sure you’re right that any hunter who can pre­pare their quarry for the ta­ble wouldn’t be of­fended by Char­lie’s hard work and ground-break­ing way of show­ing us the cold hard facts. How­ever, I al­ways like to of­fer both sides of any ar­gu­ment to leave the reader in­formed enough to make up his own mind. Ed.

Ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant for ev­ery­body

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