Currently there is a proposed bill in the NYS Assembly in which it is being considered to allow 12 year-old youngsters to bow hunt. I know how difficult it is for an accomplished bow hunter to place a killing shot; let alone a child without years of practice. More over I feel very strongly that individuals this young don't understand what murder nor death is. Our Judicial System does not deem a teenager competent enough to face criminal charges for manslaughter; why should it be any different if accused of causing grave harm, suffering or death to a deer or any other animal? What sort of respect for life and sense of responsibility will such a law instill in our kids?
“……teenagers lack the tools for decision making and impulse control that older defendants are expected to have. The rationale for treating troubled teenagers more leniently than adults was expressed by Justice Anthony Kennedy in Roper v. Simmons, 543 US 551, which outlawed the death penalty for juveniles. “[A]s any parent knows,” wrote Justice Kennedy, teenagers are more likely than adults to demonstrate “‘a lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility...qualities [that] often result in impetuous and ill-considered actions and decisions.’”
Anyone who has ever used a compound bow to hunt knows full well almost never is there a fast, “clean kill”; more than likely the target animal will run and never be humanely put down. I truly feel our teenagers have not developed a sense of responsibility or compassion to engage in such a practice of "sport hunting". It is unconscionable in my opinion that the DEC would endorse such a bill. Without being the voice opposed to such legislation we may never change for the better any rulings on hunting or trapping. Please write to our NYS Assembly representatives, please write to Majority Leader Silver and ask them to reconsider passage of this bill.
If you are not yet convinced please take 6 minutes and watch this video.
Hunting of any sort is cruel; perhaps if we begin educating our children to respect life there is hope in educating adults as well.
Thank you all for your time and consideration in this matter.
Deirdre Ann Wilczak 10303 Sulphur Springs Road Lee Center (315) 942-6766 Wild Blue Yonder Wildlife Rehab & Release
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DEC RVS-permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator, class II; primarily raccoons & skunks.
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