Open letter to mayor and councillors,
Re: "Richmond councillor seeks mass snow geese cull," Online, Nov. 19.
Was Mr. Steeves referring to the Lifeforce campaign in the early '80s that led to a hunting ban in part of Richmond? If so, he also agreed that hunting was no longer compatible with other recreational activity in the area.
Kids were playing near hunters, a dog was shot, wounded ducks were left to die, and kids were faced with bloodied dead ducks.
In addition, hunters used graffiti to try to intimidate anti-hunters. Heck, hunters even shot at me when I was in a canoe using an air horn to keep ducks away from hunters.
It is somewhat surprising that anyone would want to destroy this annual gift of nature.
It is a wonderful experience to see the thousands of migrating snow geese on their life journey.
Tourists and residents flock to see them. Last year people enjoyed the snowy owls too.
Who is really destroying farmland? The migrating geese or all of the development due to human overpopulation? I urge you to continue with humane, nonlethal methods when or if needed.
Peter Hamilton Lifeforce, founding director