The latest attempt of some of our legislators to promote the aerial killing of wolves and bears would have us view these animals as assets rather than as living beings. (It is far easier to disregard fair chase laws and ethics when killing "assets.")
This approach conveniently bypasses the use of science in predator control, effectively giving the government and the sports hunting lobby power over the will of the citizens of Alaska.
But the trampling of our rights does not stop there. Some of our lawmakers are also working to bypass our rights as Alaskans to vote on the predator control policies of our state, fully understanding that we have voted against aerial killing twice in recent years.
It seems that the most insidious predators in our state are those legislators who are clearly hunting down the rights of Alaskans to control our own state policies. Don't let them get away with it.
Tina M. Brown
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