In the 1960’s I injured both hands in an accident aboard the submarine Alcide. While I was recovering in the HMCS Stadacona hospital I noticed the following. The hunting season had been open about a week. In the bed beside me was an young RCN sailor who had shot his toe off in a hunting accident. In a bed opposite lay another sailor who had shot his nose off, also in a hunting accident. As a young Irish newcomer to Nova Scotia this strange Canadian idea of hunting didn’t strike me as either fun or necessary. In both cases drinking had been involved, it seemed hunting was also party time in the woods. From my hospital experience I have never been inclined to hunt or indeed even approve of it. These hunters like to refer to it as a sport? hardly a sport, and certainly not for the animals. Yesterday on the news I heard the Hunters Assoc of New Brunswick want to have the laws changed to allow twelve year old children to hunt. The assoc is concerned the sport is dying with no new members joining and the few remaining aging out. Teaching the younger children to hunt at an early age in the hope they might learn to like the sport of killing defenseless wild animals is the most disgusting thing I have heard in a long long time. I sincerely hope law makers see this as a dangerous and senseless request from a dying breed. Hunting should be outlawed, its bad enough we kill so many animals on our highways, build new homes in their habitat, and destroy their sources of food. To even suggest twelve year old kids be allowed out into the woods with high powered rifles is scary, madness and downright dangerous. Wiser heads please!!!!
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