Re: Respect, don't destroy, the local wildlife, letter to the editor, Dec. 30
How utterly repulsed I was to learn of the multiple "hunters" trolling the South Arm of the Fraser River. For years Boundary Bay and the Canoe Pass area of Westham Island have been regarded as breeding grounds and safe havens alike for numerous species of birds.
A family friend of ours resides in a floating home on the Fraser. "Plagued," she describes, not only by the booming of gunshot, but by the mournful cries of snow geese searching for their monogamous mates.
What right have you (hunters) to determine the value of a life? In my opinion, hunting should be a survival skill reserved for bushmen.
We are blessed to have the modern convenience of purchasing 100 per cent organic free-range meat through our local grocers. If you are not hunting as a necessary mode of survival, then you are hunting for hobby, for sport, and in a conservation area no less! This is legal?
Psychoanalysts identify the habits of torturing and killing small animals as signs of psychosis. Maybe it's time we re-evaluate our pastimes. I, for one, could never fathom taking enjoyment in taking a life.