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Letter: Cruel and inhumane

The Fish and Game Commission last met on Jan. 16. I was in attendance and was very interested in plans to import 13,000 farm-raised pheasants at a cost of $135,000 for the coming hunting season. The plan was approved! This is not a new development as it has been a yearly occurrence for some years now.

One staff person referred to pheasants as “exotic birds,” which indeed they are, originating in Asia. They are not native to New Hampshire. They are part of a “put and take” system whereby Fish and Game staff dump crates full of farm-raised birds at various sites around the state so that hunters can “take” or slaughter them. Now, how sporting is that?

The hope is, of course, that hunters will pay more in license fees than the birds cost. This might or might not happen.

Farm-raised pheasants have absolutely no survival skills. The birds that elude hunters may end up as winter kill, road kill, taken by dogs, coyotes or other predators, or dying a slow death by starvation. None of those options sounds very humane.

It is time to put a stop to this cruel and inhumane treatment of imported birds. Please contact your Fish and Game Commissioner or call the Concord office of the Fish and Game Department at 271-3511 and speak with Director Glenn Normandeau. Ask that this barbaric practice be stopped now!


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