AR-News: Letters: Anti-wolf group is pretty scary/Slaughters should
wolfcrest at hotmail.com
Sun Jan 18 17:15:56 EST 2004
Anti-wolf group is pretty scary
So Little Red Riding Hood is alive and well in Idaho. Are we really
surprised that there were no wolf supporters in the Kooskia anti-wolf
meeting? Voicing support for the wolf in the midst of those paranoid wolf
haters would be like an African American showing up at a Klan meeting.
Ron Gillett says he and his hunting buddies are not an Aryan Nations of wolf
haters. Sounds pretty similar to me. I can imagine the ugliness of a
disemboweled elk the photos showed. If an elk is disemboweled by a hunter,
is it a pretty sight?
About John Nelson's assertion about the DNA of the current Idaho wolves
being different from the native Idaho wolves of the past, if my limited
scientific knowledge is correct, I believe the DNA of all gray wolves,
whether they are from Alaska or Europe, is identical. I would also like to
ask the wolf haters, with all their vast scientific knowledge, is all the
game they kill native to Idaho, or their part of Idaho?
Sounds to me like they don't like the competition. If they fail to kill
their annual deer or elk, they have to blame something.
Slaughters should be humane
Last week more than 400 calves were euthanized because one of them
potentially had BSE. We were assured that they were treated in a humane
manner, receiving sedation prior to a lethal injection. Ironically, in this
they were the fortunate ones.
So that their flesh is not contaminated with chemicals, animals entering the
food supply are stunned, their throats are cut, and they are skinned, all in
a very quick sequence.
A couple of years ago a regional agricultural paper reported several
instances of U.S. slaughterhouses failing to ensure that animals were
stunned properly; i.e., they were being skinned alive. I was horrified to
read not only were slaughterhouses failing inspections, but the tolerance
level for improper procedures was not zero.
Even if a very low percentage is "allowable,'' thousands of animals each
year die in this manner.
If the BSE issue leads to revisions in how animals live, eat and die, it
will be a positive outcome from the ethical failure that caused this
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