Mr. Bird is experiencing what is known as "Evolutionary Stress Disease," ("The Carnivore's Dilemma," Nov. 17). He is still part Neanderthal (as are we all), and exhibits the symptoms of stress involved when we consciously choose to evolve to a higher human level. I salute him for his effort. The will to kill is hard to live with. Why does your heart pound and you sweat when you are 200 yards away from an animal that can do you no harm! Thrill? Adventure! Maybe if you chased it and gave it some chance!
Please listen to your conscience. (Why do you feel guilt?) Please listen to your students and to your vegetarian wife.
Please do not take your young children on a hunt to kill a helpless animal. It is not unmanly to now become a steward of the nature I believe you genuinely love. Please model the example of that love, and be a teacher (the highest calling) of our next generation of little animals ... our precious children.
Don Robertson, Eureka
Wow! It takes a special kind of man to choose to ignore the moral arguments against hunting and the health benefits of a vegetarian diet in favor of maiming and killing animals because he likes the way they taste!
While there is no justification for indulging in the acts of brutality Bird espouses, at least reading articles like his makes me value even more the enlightened men, like my husband, who choose to define their manhood through compassion and non-violence toward all creatures -- men who believe as did Plutarch that "but for the sake of some little mouthful of meat, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy."
Nancy Breslin, Trinidad