Focus on the Land
Hunting has a range of benefits
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Re the letter from “Saddened” about Ngatapa School’s fundraiser. It was great to hear an opinion from a fellow animal lover but I think you misunderstand our hunters and what they are teaching the kids.
For many of us, hunting is a means of survival (not everyone can afford to buy meat). It is a sport that is handed down through the generations. It is a provision for the whanau/family.
Sometimes hunting is also needed to eradicate pests, to maintain and protect our unique environment.
Let me assure you that a good clean shot is one of the kindest ways to euthanise an animal. (Most of us take our beloved pets to the vet to do the job because it is too painful for us to do.)
Our hunters are taking their kids out and teaching them to shoot or trap effectively and safely. It is not about cruelty or enjoying watching an animal suffer.
It is unacceptable to leave a wounded animal. Likewise, most hunters are anti 1080 poisoning as it causes such an agonising and prolonged death to the animal.
Our hunters are taking our kids outdoors, spending time with them, teaching them. It is not about being sadistic or disrespectful to the animals.
These same hunters come home and love their pets and teach their kids kindness and responsibility.
Part of me understands where you are coming from because I can never bring myself to accompany my husband and son on any hunting trips but I cook, eat and appreciate all the venison they provide me and I enjoy seeing my son get off the computer and spending time outdoors with his Dad.
Thank you for your opinion “saddened”. I hope this letter reassures you a little. Keep loving your animals.
Haruru Mate Kimamao Ward
10:28 a.m. Thursday, Jul 12, 2012
Go Ngatapa, your community rocks.
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