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Killing for food is OK; for ego gratification is wrong

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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Thu Nov 17, 2011.

While I'm sure that Randy Thomas is a nice guy and stellar attorney, I take exception to the article written about him on Nov. 12. Killing animals for sport hasn't been generally accepted by most people for quite a while, and is neither admirable nor impressive.

To print an article written with such reverence for someone who has spent his life killing game to hang on his wall goes way beyond what I feel is acceptable. Killing for food is one thing, but killing for macho ego gratification is, well, just wrong.

Amy Fritz


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:45 am on Fri, Nov 18, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    John Kindseth posted at 4:52 pm on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 on another thread...

    "But Thomas does not go out and randomly kill animals. In fact, Thomas' hunting is part of a conservation effort promoted by the California Department of Fish and Game.
    Hunters like Thomas, known as trophy hunters, do not kill young animals. Rather, Thomas will go out and hunt mature, older animals that are considered a surplus, allowing populations of animals to be maintained at reasonable levels.

    I think John made a good point. I personally would never go hunting and relate to the feeling Ms Bobin brought out ... However, I think it is over the top to accuse Randy Thomas of something sinister.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:03 pm on Thu, Nov 17, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I am ok with hunting but this seems excessive---almost like an addict that can't get enough.

  • Ryan Jameson posted at 1:21 pm on Thu, Nov 17, 2011.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195

    Where in my comments did I say specifically "hunting in the US"? I said that millions of Americans are hunters, where they hunt was not mentioned. Nice try at discrediting my argument Joann but misquoting me will not help you. Mr. Thomas engages in an activity that has been done for centuries. In places like Africa it is actually tradition to take your animal as a trophy but donate all of the meat to local African villages so that the people may eat. Is that immoral to you Joann? If you do not like hunting then don't do it.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:50 am on Thu, Nov 17, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    As far as "asinine" goes, Mr. Jameson, look in the mirror. We are not talking about hunting in the United States.

    Mr. Thomas obviously has the wherewithal to travel half-way around the globe in order to kill some of the most beautiful wild beasts in existence in order to display them in his home and, through some sort of misguided sense of superiority, desires to impress any and all visitors to his abode of death.

    A few may be considered "trophies." Dozens are just a grotesque display of arrogance and disregard for life.

  • Ryan Jameson posted at 6:37 am on Thu, Nov 17, 2011.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195

    As usual for the anti-hunter crowd, the comments made in this letter are asinine and off base. Amy completely ignores facts when she says that "killing for sport" is not generally accepted. That is an intellectually dishonest argument as "sport hunting" continues to be a very popular recreation for MILLIONS of Americans. And for most hunters it is actually a two way street, we eat our kill but we also display it as a trophy. Humankind has been doing this for millenia (sic). If I were to conjecture about you Amy I would suggest that you have an awfully high opinion of yourself. My recommendation is that you use facts (like the number of hunting tags sold in the US last year, or the taxidermy industry) the next time you pop off about things you clearly do not understand.


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