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Animal Lover Slams 'Arrogant' Viewpoint
by Belinda Connolly
First published in the Leader, Tuesday, 17 May 2011

A pro-hunting advertisement in the Leader left St George resident Despina Rosales feeling "shocked and horrified".

It didn't help that the ad, laced by the Game Council of NSW, appeared near a story on her own business promoting responsible pet ownership.

"It jolted me to see an ad asking people if they wanted to murder animals, encouraging them with the notion that somehow they are doing every a favour as they are going to remove feral and game animals from public land," Ms Rosales said.

"It's killing for kicks."

Ms Rosales said it was hypocritical for hunters to refer to themselves in the ad as 'voluntary conservation hunters'.

"Conservation is a word to describe helping flora and fauna to survive, whereas killing animals is clearly the opposite to that," she said.

A Game Council spokesman disagreed and said the council doesn't decide whether an animal species is classified game or feral as each state government in Australia makes its own determinations.

"Game Council licensed hunters help conserve native animals because these hunters remove introduced pest animals from the natural environment, thus reducing the pressure on native flora and fauna," he said.

"All hunting done by Game Council hunters is expected to be done as humanely as possible.

"Game Council has input from the Australian Veterinary Association as to how introduced animals may be humanely hunted, and all hunters have the opportunity to attend educational workshops."

Ms Rosales said society's "arrogant" view of creatures had to change.

"When animals start to get in our way the solution is to just kill them," she said.

Photo caption: "Killing for kicks". Despina Rosales with a copy of the ad.


A Word About The Article Animal Lover Slams 'Arrogant' Viewpoint

While I was happy with what Belinda, the journalist, wrote in the article Animal Lover Slams 'Arrogant' Viewpoint, there is one points I'd like to clarify and discuss.

Firstly, I the original article that appeared above the hunting ad I discuss in this article is not one where I promote a business. Little Dog In A Big City is not a business, it's a FREE online book.

Secondly, the phrase "responsible pet ownership" appears in the article, and if you read this short article on my other site: The Problem With The Words ‘Pet’ And ‘Owner’ you'll see why I'm not a fan of the term.

As a result of what I said in this article, I got verbally attacked from dozens of hunters. But I also lots of backup from people who love animals and are against hunting. Click here to read comments from those who slammed me and those who supported me: the Leader online.

Anyway, something else I have to add is that I'm not just against the hunting of animals. I'm against the killing of any animals for any reason: whether for food, clothing, experimentation or so-called 'entertainment'. I'm against all violence to all animals and take a firm anti-violence stance by living vegan.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance!

At Say No it's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter or go to Death Row Pets to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible and compassionate choice.

"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi

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