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Letters on Christian environmentalism

I'm writing in appreciation of Eddy Gilmore's Nov. 23 column, “A Christian environmentalist comes clean.”

His disappointment, in Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., having power over environmental issues, is shared. Sen. Inhofe's name had recently appeared in an e-newsletter from the organization Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK). SHARK called him out for having an animal cruelty-based fundraiser.

For those who don't know what pigeon shoots are, I'll explain briefly. Large numbers of pigeons are captured in advance. They are confined in boxes, then released to be shot. Children are recruited to find wounded pigeons, wring their necks and dump the used birds into trash heaps or cans.

In fairness, I should mention that Minnesota was called out this past spring for an even worse shoot held for 20 years by Prior Lake Ducks Unlimited. They called their events “Phigeon Shoots.” Before the pigeon is released, a sharp-tipped pheasant feather is jammed under the skin of the pigeon. It would have been held March 20, 2014.  

The story about Sen. Inhofe can be found at www.InhofeCruelty.com and the Phigeon Shoot story can be found by typing in “Ducks Unlimited cancels massive live pigeon shoot.”

These are examples of why growing numbers of the public distrust hunters to make decisions about the environment.

 Karen Moore, Duluth

Thanks to Eddy Gilmore for writing about his beliefs as both a Christian and an environmentalist (Nov. 23). At Sustainable Twin Ports (STP) we believe that responsible environmental sustainability is possible without sacrificing economic growth or undermining people's ability to meet their human needs. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a 2009 STP Early Adopter, is a great example of practicing faith-based sustainability principles. We encourage the community to reach out to them for those who are interested in learning more.

Cara Lindberg, president, Sustainable Twin Ports

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