The following Letter to the Editor was transmitted to us by Mary Grady, mother of Eleanor Pelletier:
Dear Cape Cod Today,
We are a Girl Scout troop from Dorchester. We have fought hard for years for the environment. We worked extremely hard on a bag ban in Boston that recently went into effect. After reading the letter from the Team at Powderhorn Outfitters who compared hunting to selling Girl Scout cookies, we were appalled.
Killing wildlife in a contest is not just another hobby. It is cruel. Being a Girl Scout and selling cookies is the complete opposite of what they are doing. We never harm a living thing, and the money we earn goes to funding trips where we can learn about the environment and how to help it. Never do we kill another living thing for pleasure or as a “hobby.” We learn to respect all nature around us.
Killing a coyote for a prize is horrible. Not only is it unnecessary and cruel, but it also makes the food chain unbalanced. When you harm one population-such as coyotes-we have more deer and other mammals normally eaten by coyotes. This makes some of their population get pushed out into the streets where they can cause car accidents. If you leave nature alone it will balance itself out. By hurting one species you affect them all, including humans.
What we do as Girl Scouts helps the community and environment. We harm no one, and work hard to make a positive difference in the world. There are other ways to support wildlife without killing it, and we take advantage of that.
Girl Scout Troop 68277