Dog hunting isn't inhumane
Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 12:51 a.m.
In response to the Jan. 21 letter of the week, "End deer hunting with dogs," by Jacqueline Betz: It appears that Betz has more of a problem with hunting than the so-called problems she assumes that the hunters and their dogs are causing.
It is a felony in Florida to trespass with a firearm on private property. Any law enforcement officer can enforce this law. I would suggest that she contact the Sheriff's Office or the state attorney concerning this matter.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officers are some of the most professional, well-trained law enforcement officers in the U.S. They enforce all hunting, fishing, wildlife regulations and now have law enforcement power in federal waters due to an agreement with the federal government. They also make traffic stops and drug busts.
The bottom line is that they, like our state police, are stretched very thin. Hunting dogs are supposed to be under the hunter's control, and no dog hunter I know would send his or her dogs on private property. These dogs are treated like part of the family. However, dogs, like people, can get lost.
The tradition of dog hunting dates back to the Roman empire and there is nothing inhumane about it!
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