Treat all animals with respect

Between the Port Authority killing birds to avoid collisions with planes, the hunting of bears in New Jersey and the decision to kill up to 3,000 deer on eastern Long Island due to an overpopulation, it seems wildlife is being targeted unjustly and inhumanely.

People should realize that these creatures were populating our area long before they were, so to start killing them is not going to solve the problem. Yes, deer are transporters of Lyme Disease, but so are other wildlife that live in our area.

Are we going to start killing all these other animals and birds also? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society need to raise their voices in anger regarding what is happening right now.

There should and must be other, humane methods of controlling the wildlife in our region so they and people can co-exist together with minimal confrontation. Life, both human and nonhuman, is precious and needs to be respected.

What has happened to morals, decency and respect for life, both human and nonhuman?

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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