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Deer are not bears

I read with mixed feeling your Dec. 8 editorial “The great bear kill (and the deer, too).” Whereas I regard bear hunting as outright animal cruelty, reminding me of Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting trip in Africa a century ago, this may not be true of the deer. Most deer hunted are consumed, in principle substituting for other meat (namely cow, lamb, etc.). I wonder which life is better for an animal – to grow up in a meat factory in horrible conditions and then be butchered, or to live free and roam and then be killed. I know which I would choose. For the record, I am not a hunter and have no desire to become one. I also believe in a very restrictive interpretation of the Second Amendment.

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