Letter from the President

I hope everyone survived the record cold winter in good stead, and is ready for a record hot summer now instead. At C.A.S.H. the task of defending wildlife from hunting goes on year-round, 24/7, regardless of the current season or hostile weather.

Looking back at an old issue of the C.A.S.H. Courier from 2017, I saw that I had submitted my “Top Ten List of Hunter Fallacies.” Number four on that list was: 4) Hunting teaches respect for wildlife and an appreciation for nature. Ha! That’s like a serial killer claiming his crimes foster a respect for their victims. Tracking down and shooting someone does not equal respect. Try using a camera or binoculars if you really want to show a reverence for them.

Speaking of a lack of respect for animal life, I’ve been thinking about the issue of cruelty to animals—curious if it is instilled or inherited. Is it something that’s taught to some children by certain parents at an early age? And are those certain parents usually hunters?

I had to wonder these kinds of things yesterday, during what should have been a peaceful walk with my dog in a town park at the confluence of two small rivers. It was a pleasant surprise to see 3 or 4 deer browsing along a branch of the trail. So I decided to take the ‘less traveled’ fork this time.

Then I noticed a couple of young boys approaching the deer with an air of ill-intent. One was carrying a football I hoped he wasn’t planning to throw at the deer. But he must not have wanted to lose his precious pigskin in the river beyond, so instead, he stooped down for some rocks and started pitching them at the harmless animals.

I don’t usually go around scolding other people’s children, but I had to yell “Hey”at them (in an angry tone I couldn’t disguise) and follow up with, “Leave the poor deer alone.” I was satisfied to see the kids promptly retrieve their bikes and ride off out of the park, but I had to wonder what they told their parents and what their role models’ reactions were. Hopefully not something like, ‘We’ll get even in the fall, when I buy you a rifle and teach you how to hunt down and kill those deer. Maybe the game department will allow another youth doe hunt…’

Where’s the respect for life? When does that get passed on? And when—if ever—do hunters learn it??

Here’s what might seem like an ‘off the wall’ thought, but I stand behind it as truth: If highway speed limits weren’t so high, there wouldn’t be deer hanging out in towns. Who better than full-time pedestrians (many of whom have seen their own herd-mates mowed down by monstrous metal mobiles rolling breakneck down the blacktop) would know where it’s safe to live and where it isn’t. Most towns have a marked, patrolled speed limit of just 25 miles per hour, as opposed to the 55-65 mph pace hyperactive highway traffic scurries along at—leaving no time for anyone to stop for anything unexpected entering the roadway.

Hold on now, here’s where it gets profound: if all vehicles moved along at 25 instead of 60, there wouldn’t be so much roadkill—deer or otherwise—not to mention carbon-created climate change.

That’s right, if humans had never taken the strides they have technologically, with almost 8 billion of us driving, boating or flying everywhere on Earth at the drop of a hat, we wouldn’t be in the ultimately unlivable mess we’re finding ourselves in now—with 410 parts per million of C02 heating the planet up to temperatures unseen for the past 3 million years. If everyone went slower, we’d all be cooler and last a lot longer as a species.

But rather than taking my word for it, unfortunately most people seem to have to find out for themselves.

A big thanks for all our members, I know you’re the good guys!

Sincerely,

Jim Robertson

President

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