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Letter: Animals at Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge at risk

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To the editor:

How wonderful that the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. During the past 50 years, hunting has never been allowed. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to allow hunting in all of the National Wildlife Refuge Complex. What has happened to the meaning of refuge?

The word refuge, as defined by Webster, means a shelter or protection from danger or a place of safety.

The deer and other wildlife, after all these years, have become accustomed to humans and have little or no fear of man. What an easy target they will make!

Please, do not take away the beauty of this and other special refuges. If at any time, this is a time that we all need to have more compassion, more understanding and beauty in our lives toward man and animals.

Remember what Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Continue to make these a place of refuge.

Terry Lorenz

200 Prospect Farm Road

Portsmouth

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