Letters: Humans the killers; Inspiring effort; Townsite giveaway

Humans the killers

In response to the letter from [Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society founder] Merrilee Prior [“Letters: Cats cause trouble,” September 13], one does not need scientific revue to conclude what is fact.

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Prior pontificates on the threat to birds by feral and domestic cats. Well, it is a fact that birds kill other birds. Racoons steal birds' eggs. The Dodo did not become extinct because of cats.

The greatest threat to all wildlife and domestic animals is the human animal, a greedy species that steals, pollutes and poisons habitats, kills and tortures every other species and turns on its own, which it slaughters by the millions.

If Prior wishes to jump on the bandwagon, check out factory farming and its abject misery of dairy cows, chickens crowded in small cages and pigs in tight pens unable to even turn around. Most of these creatures never even see the light of day.

In Canada, there is still the baby seal hunt. There was once a bounty on wolves. Australians shoot dingos and kangaroos. They almost exterminated millions of rabbits and wiped out the rabbit population with the introduction of myxomatosis.

Yes, the human animal has a great deal to answer for. If not for cats and dogs, most of us would not be here. They kept rats carrying plagues under control.

Dogs have aided humans for millions of years, as hunters of food and defenders against threat.

Self-righteous excuses do not mitigate the facts.

Sylvia Philbrook
Chilliwack, BC

Inspiring effort

From the territory of the Haudenosaunee/People of the Longhouse, Southwestern Ontario, I enjoyed the story of the reconciliation canoe being carved in Powell River [“Reconciliation canoe carving begins,” September 27].

The article finished short of telling us the length of the cedar pole, though. I look forward to an update in about six weeks as the piece said it will take approximately that much time to complete it.

Thank you for an inspiring article about community efforts toward reconciliation on your side of Turtle Island.

Patsy Day
Turtle Clan, Oneida Nation

Townsite giveaway

Chris Bolster's front page article in last Wednesday's Peak [“Community group requests input on Townsite's former golf course,” October 4] mentioned that PRSC Limited Partnership, a corporation co-owned by by the city and Tla'amin Nation, is currently trying to sell the former golf course lands (approximately 80 acres) at an asking price of $25,000 per acre.

$25,000 an acre? It sounds more like they're giving it away.

Richard Wright
6900 Egmont Street

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