Your Views: Hunting event conflicts with club’s values

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letter to the editor
Friday, February 3, 2017

The Boys and Girls Club of Janesville is holding a canned pheasant hunt as a fundraiser for its organization Feb. 13. This seems highly out of character with the types of activities this organization promotes. The Boys and Girls Club states that its values include integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence. This includes doing the right thing every day, holding each other to the highest standards and treating others with respect. Canned hunting is not an activity that falls within the important values that the Boys and Girls Club hold.

For those unaware, a canned hunt is a trophy hunt in which an animal is kept in a confined area, such as in a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill, These animals are bred in captivity purely to be hunted for sport.

The Humane Society of the United States calls canned hunts “cruel and brutal activities,” in which the hunted animal has “absolutely no chance of escape.” In fact, many hunting groups oppose canned hunts and several states have banned them.

We value the important work of the Boys and Girls Club and respectfully ask that they find a more appropriate fundraiser that does not involve the unfair practice of confining animals to be shot for entertainment.


Alliance for Animals executive director

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