Bullies should admit they enjoy slaughtering grizzlies

Grizzly bears get taken off the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “threatened” list and the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International fall all over themselves to make the same tired, discredited arguments for killing them.

But improving public safety? That’s a new one. Grizzlies are solitary animals who mostly eat nuts, berries, fruit and roots. They don’t like being surprised or when humans come between a mother and her cubs. There’s simple way to keep safe: Treat bears with respect, not as targets.

When are these bullies going to just come out and say that they get their kicks from slaughtering animals and destroying their families?

— Craig Shapiro, PETA Foundation, 501 Front St., Norfolk, Va.