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PETA Urges Hudson News to Hide Hunting Magazines From Kids

Written by Michelle Kretzer | November 15, 2012

If children aren’t mature enough to see nude human bodies, are they really mature enough to see people killing for “fun”? PETA has written to the CEO of Hudson News, Joseph DiDomizio, to request that his retail outlets handle hunting magazines in the same way that they would handle any other material that is inappropriate for kids: Store them out of reach and view of minors and allow only adults over the age of 18 to purchase them.

If looking at pornography could encourage kids to become sexually active, as some child advocates suggest, what could looking at magazines that portray killing as exciting and rewarding do to them? We know that many of the school shooters who killed their classmates first hunted animals. As our letter to DiDomizio points out, “Like other forms of casual or thrill violence, hunting spawns a dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others.” 

Additionally, most children can’t fully comprehend the consequences of hunting. For animals such as wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting tears apart not only families but also entire communities. Baby deer are often orphaned when hunters kill their parents. And many animals who are shot by hunters are injured but not killed, and they are left to starve, die from blood loss, or be attacked by predators.

WH Smith magazine retailers in Great Britain have already implemented an age restriction on the sale of hunting magazines. Impressionable children in the U.S. deserve the same protection.

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  • Ophelia says:

    Hunting is not what you think. pause but for a moment and listen to what I have to say. You do not have to agree with me but you can at least listen. I came here to have a chance to defend what has kept my family and the families of my friends alive. I live in a rural area, we dont sport hunt. We hunt for the meat, we need it. we are farmers, poor workers, hard workers. We are fishers,we are those hit hard by the economy. I hunt for my family, I take no animal younger than 4 years and I will not take does(females). I hunt for the honor of my ancestors doing as they did without wasteing anything from the animal that can be used. Fawns are reared (raised) by the females, males have little to do with it. to take a fawn is shame, to harm a doe with a fawn is shame. I do not know what kind of hunters PETA watches but the real hunters like my family and I would never do half the attrocities that are stated. Kills are quick, a single shot carefully placed, the animal never suffers. It drops immeaditly down, never feeling pain. everything we can use, is used. meat in the frige, scrap to the dogs, hide processed and smoked with willow branches to make leather that is used for many purposes. The art of hunting is passed down from generation to generation. as tridition goes I stay still in a single place and wait for the game to come to me on its own terms. And when its time to take a shot I am certian my bullet if it misses is only going to hit the ground. What we do is not dangerous all people need to do is use their heads and be reasonable. We respect the animals we hunt and we respect the land. IF we do not care for both then future generations will not be able to hunt or enjoy the land and all of its beauty. Hunting does not create killers. I hunt, my brothers hunt, my mother hunts, my friends and their families also hunt. We know the difference between right and wrong, and you know who taught us that difference? The Parents and guardians we were raised by who also partake in sustinance hunting. I will never raise my gun at another man and thats just common sense. I am not evil, my community is not evil. If any of you stopped and listened, actualy saw how it is realy done I doubt anyone could just say Hunting is a dieing pastime. It is a way of life and a tridition beloved by all who honor the unwritten code.

  • JOE HUNTER says:

    Glad to report I harvested a nice deer last weekend that will help feed my family thru the winter I know by saying that I will upset people l believe in most of PETA causes I don’t believe in trapping or lab testing not all hunters are the blood thirsty trophy hunters they are made out to be I only take what I need from nature the way God intended

  • JOE HUNTER says:

    Glad to report I harvested a nice deer last weekend that will help feed my family thru the winter I know by saying that I will upset people l believe in most of PETA causes I don’t believe in trapping or lab testing not all hunters are the blood thirsty trophy hunters they are made out to be I only take what I need from nature the way God intended

  • Nicole Bovigny says:

    Hunting is a sadistic pastime and should in no case be promoted by brainwashing kids into thinking it is OK !! Rationalizing killing in children books is sick and immoral….!! Children should be taught to love and respect all animals and not kill them….!! Desensitizing kids early is dangerous and could produce future psychopaths or murderers….!!

  • Darla says:

    Real men don’t hunt. Lay down your guns, losers.

  • Jojo says:

    Hunting is a dying “sport,” thank goodness. People just aren’t interested in this useless, inane, cruel activity. Desperate hunters are trying to recruit kids and women, most of whom are too smart to pay attention. Adios, hunters. Try bird-watching, instead.

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