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Cover Photos Glorify Killing, Desensitize Children to Suffering, Says Group
For Immediate Release:November 13, 2012
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Newark, N.J. -- This morning, PETA sent a letter to Joseph DiDomizio, CEO of
East Rutherford–based Hudson News, asking him to direct the company's outlets
to keep hunting magazines out of the view and reach of children by displaying
them as they would adult magazines, such as Playboy and Penthouse,
and refusing to sell them to minors under 18. In its letter, PETA points
out that hunting can cause target animals to starve during winter, disrupt their
migration patterns, and result in wounds that cause animals to die slowly in
agony. It also explains the dangers of desensitizing young people to the
suffering of others. Many of the school shooters who have opened fire on their
classmates have also previously hunted animals.
"If kids are too young to view nude photos and sex
acts, then they're too young to be exposed to the maiming and killing of
animals whose strongest desire is to survive," says PETA Executive Vice
President Tracy Reiman, who is also a mother. "Children in their formative
years need to be taught lessons in kindness, not killing—to choose friendship
over firepower—lessons that translate into respect for all life."
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA's letter to Hudson News CEO Joseph DiDomizio
November 13, 2012
Joseph DiDomizioPresident and CEOHudson Group
Dear Mr. DiDomizio,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and
supporters, I am writing to ask you to keep hunting magazines sold at your stores
out of the reach and view of minors by displaying them alongside adult
publications such as Playboy and Penthouse. We also urge you to
refuse to sell these magazines to anyone under 18 years of age. Hunting
magazines present killing as fun and exciting and encourage violent behavior in
publications recklessly promote killing without explaining the devastating
consequences. The stress that hunted animals suffer from being pursued
compromises their natural feeding habits, making it hard for them to store the
fat and energy that they need to survive the winter. Hunting also disrupts
migration and hibernation patterns. For animals like wolves, who mate for life
and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate not only entire families
but entire communities. And many animals who are shot with a bullet or an arrow
flee injured—only to die slow, agonizing deaths from blood loss, shock,
starvation, gangrene, or attacks by predators.
Like other forms of casual or thrill violence, hunting
spawns a dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others. According to
published reports, many of the young people who have opened fire on their
schoolmates—including 16-year-old Andrew Golden who, along with an accomplice,
killed five people at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark., and
17-year-old T.J. Lane, who killed three people at Chardon High School in
Cleveland earlier this year, had first expressed their bloodlust by hunting
animals. Not every hunter will kill a
human, of course, but in this era of escalating violence, it is
irresponsible and downright dangerous to allow kids access to magazines that
promote killing for "fun."
Your British counterpart, W.H.
Smith, has already implemented an age restriction on the sale of hunting magazines,
and we urge you to follow suit. Please protect animals and impressionable
children by keeping hunting magazines out of young people's reach and
sight—just as you would with pornography. Thank you. I look forward to your
Tracy ReimanExecutive Vice President
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