Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fatal Hunting Accident in the Philippines. Careless Shooting of a Human Being.

Sosimo Lagasa of Barangay Butac, Suyo, Ilocos Sur, a farmer, would still be alive today if someone just abided by the law. Hunting is illegal in the Philippines unless you are a member of an indigenous tribe. It seems that Villar Marcelo, 40, of Barangay Sto. Rosario, Sigay isn't one of them and he's the hunter who shot Lagasa dead with a 12-gauge shotgun. Marcelo was hot on the trail of a wild boar when he saw some movement in area of tall grass. Assuming it was the boar, he fired into it, killing the farmer. Marcelo surrendered to the authorities.

What else can we expect from hunting in the Philippines? If it isn't wasted, protected wildlife, it's an innocent farmer blown to pieces. Not only does this case involve illegal hunting, but it also violates one of the cardinal rules of the sport. Don't shoot at something you can not see. It's as simple as that. Heck, I am not a hunter and I know this rule.

Give up this destructive sport. Hunting disrupts the circle of life, and tramples on the biodiversity of the Philippines. It's also a very selfish thing to do since the personal pleasure derived comes at the expense of a greater number of people to whom this wildlife also belongs. Obey the law. Leave the helpless wildlife alone and try your hand at conservation. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

Support the online petition against the hunting of Philippine wildlife. Stop the killing. Stop the wasteful hunting of Philippine natural treasures.

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