- - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If hunters truly want to help the hungry — instead of using economically disadvantaged families as yet another excuse to justify their bloodlust — killing animals and tossing their corpses at the poor is probably the least effective thing they can do (“Hunters help the hungry: Venison vital to charities,” Web, Dec. 10).

For the amount of money that hunters spend on guns, bows, arrows, ammunition, hunting licenses, special clothing, tree stands, deer blinds, other hunting gear and time off work, a handful of hunters could probably feed a family for an entire year. Healthy, lean protein sources such as beans are less than $7 for a 10-pound bag.

And in the days, weekends and even weeks they spend stalking and killing animals, they could help countless unemployed individuals look for work, help make improvements to disadvantaged families’ homes before winter, or distribute meals at the food bank or soup kitchen.

Hunters aren’t Robin Hood. They kill because they enjoy it.

MICHELLE KRETZER

Blogger, The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

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