It is unfortunate that hunting columnist Don Mallicoat picks up inaccurate information on the Internet about The Humane Society of the United States and treats it as gospel (June 30). We are the largest animal protection organization, providing direct care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we have major advocacy campaigns to combat animal cruelty, dogfighting and cockfighting, puppy mills and other large-scale abuses. When it comes to hunting issues, we work to curb the most inhumane and unsporting abuses — including captive hunts, poaching, bear baiting and hounding, and the use of steel-jawed leghold traps – practices that The HSUS and many rank-and-file hunters agree are inhumane and unacceptable.
We are working with sportsmen to transition to the use of non-lead ammunition for hunting, because lead is a toxin that poisons the environment and affects more than 130 species of wildlife who directly eat the lead fragments, prey on contaminated animals, or feed on lead-tainted gut piles left behind by hunters. The shrill groups caterwauling about the move toward non-lead ammunition are the same ones who opposed the federal ban on lead in waterfowl hunting in 1991. They said at the time it would be the end of duck hunting and goose hunting, but two decades later, we know their claims were false, and the policy saved millions of birds from being poisoned. Non-lead ammunition, such as copper, steel and bismuth, is accessible and affordable, and it’s the only responsible choice if you’re a hunter.
Readers can visit humanesociety.org to learn more or get involved in our work.
North Carolina state director
The Humane Society of the United States