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Airplanes Should be Used to Carry Groceries, Not for Shooting Wolves

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 12, 2004

Kevin C. Duffy, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, wrote, "managing predators is the most effective and efficient, and often the only, way to restore wildlife populations for the continued benefit of Alaskans" ("Predator-killing programs work well," Dec. 2).

Duffy concedes that "predator control is a very controversial issue" but answers that the department "has been working diligently and extensively to rebuild moose and caribou populations."

Like most people, Duffy has an interest in maintaining a job and doing it well. In the case of a Fish and Game employee, that means thinking of the other animals in our midst as things made for our use.

It will be a great day in the course of human history when we arise from our slumber and understand that our human identity as the Great Consumer is driving our planet to the verge of breakdown.

Our own survival and well-being are interwoven with that of every other living being. Like the caribou and the moose, we are meant to thrive on a diet free of flesh. Our natural harvest is wheat, corn, beans and fruits. In our modern age, aircraft used to gun down wolves would be of more direct service to Alaskans by carrying the food that our body can best digest.

Priscilla Feral, President / Friends of Animals / Darien, Conn.


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