Jeannette Muzima: There are better ways to bond with your sons
To the editor:
The editorial discussing the possibility of opening Northampton conservation land to hunters calls to our attention this important decision which will be made Thursday by the Conservation Commission at its 5 p.m. meeting.
There are several issues that need to be addressed. The people bringing the petition for hunting said that they want to share the experience they had with their fathers with their sons. It is understandable that fathers want and need to have bonding times with their sons. It is really sad that they may not realize that bonding is not about the event itself, but just spending loving time together with your kid — do we really want to teach our kids to bond with us by killing defenseless creatures? Why not take your kid to the park, to the library, read to them, go to a museum, visit a neighbor or elder in a nursing home. The choices are unlimited.
These same guys also offer this reasoning for hunting on conservation land — they paid for it, so they should be able to hunt on it. Well, does that mean since we paid for the police station that we should be able to use it for our own use? Hey, we paid for their guns, can we use them too?
Hunting is already allowed on other conservation lands, why isn’t that enough? Finally, conservation land ought to protect and respect all animals, including human ones. We love to be in these sacred places and our peace and joy would be destroyed knowing that some innocent animal may be killed any minute, and so could we.