Like a lot of folks, I was saddened…maddened…sickened really, to read that Cinder, the young, “mellow, calm bear” survived the Carlton Complex fire and months of painful rehabilitation only to be killed by a sport hunter. And this just a few short years after her release back to the wild, before she had even a chance to raise cubs of her own.
The December 12th Methow Valley News article, “Cinder the bear, fire survivor and worldwide inspiration, is dead,” goes to great length’s to convince us that no laws were broken in the murder of the collared animal, but has no take on whether animals like bears—each with “…their own personality”—should be hunted down and killed, be it for sport or sausage.
People are quick to point out how far we’ve come technologically or morally, but the recreational killing of our fellow sentient beings should have long since been…
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