PETA: Handle Hunting Magazines Like Porn--Keep Away from Kids

November 20, 2012 - 7:23 AM
Deer Fight

(AP Photo/Forest and Kim Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is encouraging national retailer Hudson News to put hunting magazines where children can’t see them -- because, “Like other forms of casual or thrill violence, hunting spawns a dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others.”

In a recent blog post, PETA wrote: “If children aren't mature enough to see nude human bodies, are they really mature enough to see people killing for ‘fun’?

PETA has written to the CEO of Hudson News, Joseph DiDomizio, to request that his retail outlets handle hunting magazines the same way they would handle pornography or any other material that is inappropriate for kids: Store them out of reach and view of minors and allow only adults over the age of 18 to purchase them.

“If looking at pornography could encourage kids to become sexually active, as some child advocates suggest, what could looking at magazines that portray killing as exciting and rewarding do to them? We know that many of the school shooters who killed their classmates first hunted animals.”

PETA argues that “children can’t fully comprehend the consequences of hunting,” adding that hunting “tears apart” animal “families” and their “communities.”

According to PETA, “Baby deer are often orphaned when hunters kill their parents. And many animals who are shot by hunters are injured but not killed, and they are left to starve, die from blood loss, or be attacked by predators.”

PETA notes that Hudson’s British counterpart, W.H. Smith, has imposed an age restriction on the sale of hunting magazines.