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Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport.  Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor.  Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are... given 12-gauge shotguns.  Bet we'd see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened.
— R. Lerner, letter, Sierra, March-April 1991

beliefs

The extension of basic rights is recognition of the independent value and the natural sanctity of the individual; it means not having to live with the fear of being harmed at the whim of, or for the benefit of others. In this regard, animals should be treated no differently than humans for they are like us in every important aspect. Animals, like us, are sentient; that is, they feel pain, fear, frustration and loneliness and they too seek pleasure and a sense of well-being. All living beings evolved as a part of the web of life; no species being higher or lower on an evolutionary scale than others. All sentient beings, therefore, have the same right to a life without exploitation. Because animals cannot speak for themselves we must speak for them as allies and fight for justice.

Voice for Animals Humane Society
P.O. Box 68119, 162 Bonnie Doon Mall, Edmonton, AB   T6C 4N6 Canada
Phone: 780-490-0905   Fax:780-922-5287  E-mail: info@v4a.org