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July 29, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

End slaughter of state’s wildlife

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Last weekend’s state Wildlife Commission meeting in Las Vegas reflected a continued focus on killing rather than preserving and fostering the state’s wildlife. Eight of the nine commissioners favor skewed statistical analyses to maximize the number of animals available for “harvesting,” their sanitized word for killing. Those eight apparently think of conservation as ensuring enough of a species for recreational killing.

Each county wildlife advisory board is populated only with people holding licenses to kill wildlife. State statute prohibits the rest of us from serving on these boards. These alleged representatives of the state’s general populace don’t reflect our overwhelmingly urban neighborhoods, which are largely opposed to the gratuitous killing.

The state’s wildlife belongs to everyone in the state, not a fringe group that believes they should be able to kill as much of it as they can mange through control of quotas, regulations and killing season length.

When will our state leave the 19th century for the 21st century by representing more than the wildlife killing mentality? Gov. Brian Sandoval and state legislators should make real reform. Let’s end the senseless slaughter of our state’s wildlife. Will they rise to the task?

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