Killing of animals isn’t necessary
During my Tuesday morning walk I approached the lovely verdant Kuamoo Nounou trailhead. Although I had recently read about it in TGI, I was still startled to see the warning sign for hikers posted near the bridge, detailing the fact that hunters were on the mountain daily using archery to kill wild pigs, or to use the signage euphemism, to “harvest” wild pigs. And how “polite” to recommend that hikers wear bright clothing!
Despite being an ingrained part of the culture, hunting is violence, no matter how you look at it. Until humans move past hunting and killing all forms of animals, including each other, we will not evolve to be a more-conscious, nonviolent species.
There is an abundance of nutritious and delicious plant-based food to go around to feed us and make the world a healthier environment.
And for our friends who are irritated by pigs rooting in their gardens, let’s be creative and think of clever, harmless ways to deter the pigs from entering our space in the first place.
Terri Donovan Mansfield, Kapaa