To the Editor:
Re “To Revive Hunting, States Turn to the Classroom” (front page, March 8):
Shame on West Virginia if it approves a bill that allows hunting education classes in public schools to become law.
We should not use public schools to try to reverse the inexorable decline in the “sport” of hunting.
The killing and maiming of animals for sport is a cruel and violent activity that is the antithesis of what schools should be teaching. Furthermore, in the context of a dramatic increase in school violence in recent years, to teach hunting is ludicrous.
We should be teaching our children how to be better citizens of the community, and that certainly does not include taking up arms against other living beings.
President, Animal Welfare Advocacy
Mamaroneck, N.Y., March 8, 2008