Interesting letter about Randy Thomas killing beautiful animals for sport. The sport of hunting has been around for centuries. Let's put this into perspective.
My family and I have had the pleasure of being invited to Randy and Julie's home for a meal of wild game that, yes, Randy has hunted. He does use animals he hunts as meals, and what an incredible cook he is! Do all the animals he hunts provide his meals? Most likely not. Some of these animals don't satisfy the taste buds and are from exotic areas that would make it highly difficult to ship the meat. The meat will at times feed locals, while the hides are hunters' treasures that will provide memories of adventures they have had.
There is a need at times to dwindle herds of animals, or they will perish from starvation. Licenses are sold to thin herds and create revenue to put back into the wildlife conservation. This information was given to me by a good friend who was a wildlife biologist and strong advocate of protecting wildlife. I was surprised on his positive stance on selling permits and licenses to sport hunters. He said it is a must to dwindle the herds, and the largest source of funding to pay him and others like him to do their work! If the herds are low, the permits and licenses are not allowed.
If you sit and talk with Randy, there are many instances where he has risked life and limb to hunt certain types of game. There is sport to hunting. It is not a walk in the park — aim the rifle, shoot, go home and hang the animal on the wall. There is much more to it than this, which in turn creates the sport.
Last but not least, I take offense to calling our soldiers in the Middle East killers. Our soldiers are there to protect and hopefully provide freedom to its people, the same freedoms that we enjoy and allows our opinions to be expressed, just as I am writing here!