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Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / January 27, 2008

To the editor:

Barbaric? What do you eat for supper? I saw an article that made me cheer like the Packers won the Super Bowl. A Native organization was asking for permission to resume an age-old practice of reducing the number of wolves in the area that they reside in, like they used to, before the modern age.

Key item: "It's been done before," it's proven to work and the wolves are still here. How many wolves roam on a cattle ranch, where most of us get our meat from? The only critics that aren't hypocrites are vegetarians, and even they wouldn't put up with a chicken or duck in the greenhouse.

I have been here for 29 years and grew up in a village but still consider myself a newcomer and would never question the wisdom of an elder. Especially when it came to the skills and respect required to live off the land. My people have been here only a couple of hundred years and we still try to impose our beliefs on people who have been here for "oh my God" forever! And yet we want these people to eat cloned meat like that isn't barbaric.

The next thing you know, I will have a Chia cow in the living room for next month's eating. Eeew, that sounds sick. But maybe after they get it figured out, we can do that instead. Don't worry, of course it will be made in China; wouldn't want to scare anyone, would I?

Roy Bryant / Fairbanks


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