From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
-- On Nov. 11, PETA sent a letter to the Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, urging support of legislation that would ban hunting by anyone younger than 18 saying that that hunting teaches "children to see others as nothing more than living targets."
PETA is attempting to exploit recent Nov. 5 news coverage of a tragedy in which an eight year-old boy allegedly shot and killed his father, Vincent Romero, and Timothy Romans with a .22-caliber rifle. The organization claims that the violent act was fomented by a recent family prairie dog hunting trip.
"PETA always uses the most distasteful tactics to make headlines. In this case it is exploiting a tragic situation to advance its anti-hunting agenda," said USSA Executive Vice President Rick Story.
"There is no reason to believe that banning hunting for youth would have prevented this act", Story said. "A ban on hunting for those under 18 will prohibit thousands of law abiding, responsible sportsmen and their children from engaging in a time honored tradition", he said.