Written by Michelle Kretzer
children aren't mature enough to see nude human bodies, are they really mature
enough to see people killing for "fun"? PETA has written to the CEO
of Hudson News, Joseph DiDomizio, to request that his retail outlets handle
hunting magazines in the same way that they would handle any other material that is inappropriate
for kids: Store
them out of reach and view of minors and allow only adults over the age of 18
to purchase them.
looking at pornography could encourage kids to become sexually active, as some
child advocates suggest, what could looking at magazines that portray killing
as exciting and rewarding do to them? We know that many of the school shooters
who killed their classmates first hunted animals. As our letter to DiDomizio points
out, "Like other forms of casual or thrill violence, hunting spawns a
dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others."
most children can't fully comprehend the consequences of hunting. For animals
such as wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting tears apart not only
families but also entire communities. Baby deer are often
orphaned when hunters kill their parents. And many animals who are shot by
hunters are injured but not killed, and they are left to starve, die from blood
loss, or be attacked by predators.
WH Smith magazine
retailers in Great Britain have already implemented an age restriction on the sale of hunting
magazines. Impressionable children
in the U.S. deserve the same protection.
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