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Suggesting That Killing Animals Is an Acceptable Form of
Violence Hurts Animals and Children, Says Group
For Immediate Release:January 14, 2013
Contact:Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
Washington -- As President Barack Obama prepares this week's statements on
gun control, PETA has sent him a letter, copying Vice President Joe Biden, with
a simple request: Stop pointing to hunting as an example of
"responsible" gun ownership. As the group explains in its letter,
hunting is cruel to the animals who die agonizing and, in many cases, prolonged
deaths as well as detrimental to children, who should never be encouraged to
hurt or kill animals since it hardens them to the suffering of others.
"As the mother of a child in
elementary school, I cannot imagine telling my son that killing for fun is
wrong when the victim is a human but perfectly acceptable when the target is a
member of another species, say, a deer or a dove," says PETA Executive
Vice President Tracy Reiman in the letter. "Children must be taught that
all gun violence is wrong, no matter how different from them the victim appears
to be. … Either our country is against senseless violence and slaughter, or it
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PETA's letter to President Obama follows.
The PresidentThe White HouseWashington, DC 20500-0049
Dear Mr. President:
I am writing on behalf of PETA and
our more than 3 million members and supporters to ask you, as you prepare your
statements this week on gun violence, to reconsider your defense of hunting and
shooting animals for sport as a justification for gun ownership. In a news
conference five days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, you
stated that “the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible—they buy their guns legally, and they use them safely,
whether for hunting or sport shooting, collection or protection.” Yet there is
nothing “responsible” about making a sport out of killing, about hunting, or
about teaching children to hunt. As the mother of a child in elementary school,
I cannot imagine telling my son that killing for fun is wrong when the victim
is a human but perfectly acceptable when the target is a member of another
species, say, a deer or a dove. Children must be taught that all gun violence
is wrong, no matter how different from them the victim appears to be.
This mixed message to children can
result in deadly consequences for humans as well as for other living beings.
Often, we hear of a killer who, as a child, first enjoyed stalking and hunting
or torturing and killing animals in other ways. And
hunting can indeed be torture. Many hunting victims are injured but not
immediately killed, leaving them to endure prolonged, agonizing deaths. So
while a ban on hunting may not be in our immediate future, a change in tone
could easily be had with a stroke of your speechwriter’s pen.
Americans’ views are evolving on
many issues, from same-sex marriage to gun control, and the time is right to
reconsider the dangerous message that the practice of killing animals for fun
is acceptable and should even be protected. The tragedy that our nation
experienced in December presents a perfect opportunity to speak out against gun
violence of every kind. In your news conference today, you asked, “What
should we be doing to make sure our children are safe and reduce incidents of
gun violence?” And you went on, “If there is a step
we can take that will save even one child from what happened in Newtown, we
should take that step.” Supporting hunting not only promotes violence to
animals but also puts our children at risk by teaching them that taking aim at
a living creature is nothing but sport. Either our
country is against senseless violence and slaughter, or it isn’t. Please do the
right thing. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Tracy ReimanExecutive Vice President
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