Editorial - What's best for animals
Last Friday The Fund for Animals sent the West Virginia Board of Education a letter complaining that many local school systems were excusing students from class during the first week of hunting season. Heidi Prescott said students should not be freed from their studies to participate in an activity having "no redeeming social or educational value."
We love animals, too, but we believe that Prescott and the members of her Silver Spring, Md.-based group have not considered the possibility that an outright ban on hunting - which is after all, their true objective - might not serve the best interests of the animals they claim to love.
Hunters, through licenses, fees and various stamps, not to mention their memberships in various conservation groups like the Izaak Walton League, provide cash for the preservation of wildlife habitat. If hunting were outlawed, does anyone believe that the historic Woodmont Club near Hancock would have been sold to the State of Maryland?