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A Slaughter by Any Other Name ...

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / December 5, 2008

Re: Your Nov. 12 article, "Helicopter wolf-kills help caribou calves," which began "Slaughtering wolves on the Alaska Peninsula appears to have had the desired effect -- more caribou got a chance to live, according to biologists within the Alaska Department of Fish and Game."

I have a question: Who makes and at what level is a decision made at your newspaper to use the wording such as above? I would be amazed if that wording was provided by the Department of Fish and Game. The word "slaughtering" has the odor of being generated out of some animal rights group, and not a very honest one at that.

The word "slaughter" is synonymous with "massacre." The word is not correctly contained in the sentence unless it's meant to carry a message within itself. Are you required by your parent company to make these changes, or are they spontaneous and from force of habit?

-- Wilben Dahl


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