to the Editor / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / April 8, 2004
To the Editor,
your coverage of the bear-baiting controversy ("Hunters defend bear
baiting," April 4), not only is the practice of luring bears with food and shooting
them for sport malicious, but it hurts humans as well by contradicting the federal
government's own policies that are designed to decrease the number of dangerous
encounters that humans have with bears.
Habituating bears to human food increases the likelihood that campers, hikers
and residents will come into conflict with them. It is time for a federal ban
on this cruel and dangerous practice.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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