To the editor,
The bill proposed in New York (S.6863) to allow hunters to wear pink in place of orange made clear its goal: to recruit more women into hunting. But any woman who cares about her family shouldn’t be swayed by a rosy-hued hunting vest into gunning down animals.
Just like humans, animals love their families, and hunting tears those families apart. Loud explosions of gunfire terrify animals, disrupting their migration and hibernation patterns. Those who are injured but not killed by hunters’ bullets may escape, only to suffer prolonged, painful deaths. And when hunters kill a mother, her babies are left to fend for themselves, and face starving to death or being killed by predators. For animals such as wolves, who mate for life and live in family packs, hunting can devastate entire communities.
Human families can enjoy nature together by watching wildlife, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, stargazing, rock climbing, swimming, and countless other healthy activities. There is no need for them to destroy other families in the process.