09 August 2004

Confusions and Fallacies About Animals, Part 17

Frank Borger asked for my opinion about deer hunting for purposes of minimizing the likelihood of car-deer accidents. I oppose it. There are many things short of killing deer that can be done to prevent accidents. See here for some possibilities. I’m not an absolutist about this. If nothing else worked, I’d be willing to allow hunting in selected areas, and the deer killed (by expert marksmen, not by novices) should be made available to those who would like to consume their flesh. I’m not convinced that we as a society have done all that we can to prevent accidents. After all, human beings run into each other with their vehicles. We don’t solve this problem by thinning out the human population.

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