Letter: Hunting destroys Earth's treasures
Ken Burn's National Park TV series gave me a new appreciation of wilderness and its wildlife. "Pretty scenery without wildlife is just pretty scenery," it said.
Still, hunting removes untold thousands of wild animals from our national forests, public lands and wildlife refuges every year. Hunters kill lions, bears, big horn sheep, javelinas, quail, squirrels, doves and sandhill cranes for "sport." Arizona Game & Fish guns down our Southwest iconic coyotes from aircraft and wolves are again on the hunters' menu.
How is it that people feel such outrage at dog-fighting, but passively accept the "right" of so-called hunters to slaughter our wildlife? Where is this "right" enshrined? How about the right of sentient wild animals to live and thrive in their wilderness habitat? How about the right of the rest of us to see and enjoy a flourishing fauna in the wild?
Camping together at Yosemite, John Muir told Theodore Roosevelt he would be better company without his "infantile need to kill animals." All of us would be better stewards of our wilderness and wildlife if hunters took the same advice.