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I Don't Want To Be An Animal Activist

Opinion by Kathleen Mahan, Certified Naturalist, Point Reyes Station, California | November 20, 2007

I don't want to be an animal activist. I have a life. I want to spend my time in my work, tending my gardens, playing with my grandchild.

I don't want to be an animal activist. I want to spend my time with my studies, finishing my degree in wildlife biology, hiking and leading field trips.

But when a hired killer has come to my town - to kill the beautiful, sentient deer that share my neighborhood, I cannot remain silent.

Anthony DeNicola, owner of White Buffalo Inc., leave our town. A hired contractor, who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars on the miseries of other beings - whose sole job is killing animals - who travels the world with his band of guerillas, “sharp shooting” his way to riches…you are not welcome here.

Ah, "but it's humane," he says. Anthony, you are shooting at night, in the dark. There is no “one clean bullet to the brain” as you say. We've seen the carcasses riddled with bullet holes to prove it. We have footage of you in action – footage showing you placing plastic bags over the poor wounded animal's heads, finishing them off by suffocation.

Anthony DeNicola, leave our town. I understand you've just returned from Mongolia, where you killed 100 Prong-horned sheep. A species desperately trying to keep a foothold in this world where man supposes earth is his… Does it ever end for you, Anthony? How many more animals will you kill in the name of science? The way this world treats animals, you will most likely have a long lucrative career.

Anthony DeNicola, leave our town. Leave this once beautiful Park, now a killing field, and go. You are not welcome here. You will never be welcome here as long as you believe wildlife is a disposable commodity, something to destroy to fit your ideology. Anthony DeNicola, leave my town. You are not who we are…

Kathleen Mahan
Certified Naturalist
Point Reyes Station, California

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