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The wrong prey

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

Like hundreds of others on Wednesday morning, I was detoured around Moorpark while the tiger hunt intensified, and I had the misfortune of merging onto the 23 Freeway at the precise place and time when the shots were fired. A news report moments later confirmed that the tiger had been killed.

I find it particularly horrendous that the owner did not step forward to assist in a capture. There is always a chance that the sound of a familiar voice would have calmed the big cat sufficiently to allow for a clean shot with the tranquilizer gun. Instead, the frightened and exhausted feline was summarily executed. As far as I am concerned, law enforcement and Department of Fish and Game people were hunting the wrong animal!

- Joseph S. Eisenlauer


Didn't have to

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

It is deplorable that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services and California Department of Fish and Game had to resort to shooting this beautiful Bengal tiger. I also do not believe that they could not have used a tranquilizer on the poor animal.

Had the animal been spared, I am sure it could have been placed at Tippi Hedren's Shambala preserve or the Wildlife Waystation in Tujunga Canyon. To kill an endangered species is criminal. I don't think authorities tried hard enough to spare this animal. They didn't have to kill it.

- Linda Simeone

Shadow Hills

Blame the idiots

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

Sad to lose a beautiful cat. Sad to lose a child or loved one. Be happy a human loss of life is not the final result. Just think how it would feel having to explain how your family member was dinner. Blame the idiots who owned the cat - and protest them.

- Mike O'Donnell


Man's true colors

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

Man has shown his true colors once again. I find it absolutely appalling that authorities found it necessary to shoot and kill the tiger that was roaming the hills of Moorpark. The statement that ``it was a threat that needed to be taken care of'' just shows that man always sees death as a much easier plan of action.

This beautiful creature deserved a fate far better than it got. Tranquilizing it may have taken a short amount of time to take effect, but authorities could have tried this first rather than just decide to kill.

- Brian Cooper


Try again

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

I would expect the Los Angeles Police Department, not the Department of Fish and Game, to shoot a defenseless tiger. Do the authorities think the public is that stupid - telling us that it was a danger because it was close to homes and a soccer field early in the morning? I am sure there were a lot of people playing soccer that morning on the soggy fields. Come on, you guys, you can come up with something better then that.

- Gisele D. Ward


Candlelight vigil

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the news last night showing animal activists holding a candlelight vigil for the tiger that had to be put down. How many candles would they have lit for all the little children who play on that soccer field that the tiger was scoping out?

How many candles would have been lit for all the drivers who might have lost their lives if that tiger had decided to cross the freeway and caused a major pileup? Come on, people. Start living in the real world and hold your candlelight vigils for a worthy cause.

- Lucille Kassel

Granada Hills

Weren't they armed?

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

Another sad day for animals. The tiger was killed because ``a tranquilizer would have taken several minutes to bring down the animal and the hunters or others could have been in danger.'' I'm sorry, but weren't the hunters packing guns? Couldn't even try the tranquilizer, huh? My guess is someone wanted to be a ``big man.''

- Chris Ostler

Simi Valley

A shame

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

I just want to ask: What kind of person would raise an animal to that degree and then let it go to roam the wild, not knowing how to hunt or survive on its own, only to end up being killed because of the person's carelessness? How sick is that? What was that person thinking, anyway?

It saddens me immensely that this poor animal had to be subjected to the evils of mankind. May the person (or persons) who did this to that poor cat be cursed forever. Shame on you.

- Wendy Beckley

Canoga Park

Moorpark tiger

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

Once more an animal has paid the price for someone's ego trip. A tiger found roaming around Moorpark was shot and killed by California Fish and Game. Some fool owned this animal, let it escape and said nothing. It is about time for the state Legislature in Sacramento to take action and ban the sale and ownership of exotic animals by individuals.

And do not permit the importation of exotic animals into the state - with the only exceptions being for legitimate zoological organizations. California prides itself in leading the nation toward new social ideas. How about adding this to that list?

- Lawrence A. Calabro


What a waste

Re ``Sad end to tiger tale'' (Feb. 24):

Well, I'll be damned. Did they really have to kill that beautiful tiger? Couldn't it have been shot with something to put it to sleep and moved somewhere safe for all? What a waste.

- Martha Ballardo


Assisted suicide

Re ``Supreme Court to weigh in on Oregon suicide law'' (Feb. 23):

The Supreme Court somehow found in the Constitution that a woman has the right to murder a baby in the womb and that states have no say in the matter.

Wouldn't it be ironic if the court struck down the Oregon assisted-suicide law? What? States can have laws allowing the murder of the unborn, but not the laws to allow the murder of terminally ill people? Cuckoo, cuckoo.

- John Lynch

Studio City

Goebbels, not Himmler

Re ``P.R. write-off'' (Your Opinions, Feb. 22):

Ernest Fintor's letter to the editor has Himmler confused with Goebbels. Josef Goebbels was the Nazi propaganda minister. Heinrich Himmler was the most sinister, infamous leader of Nazi Germany during World War II. As the head of the dreaded Gestapo, he was responsible for ordering the deaths of millions of people.

- Herbert Auerbach

Van Nuys

Rich discrimination

Re ``A promise made'' (Your Opinions, Feb. 23):

The letter writer claims that rich Californians should pay their fair share of taxes. The rich already pay more than their fair share. People who think the rich should be taxed at a higher rate than anyone else are using situational ethics. These people pick and choose what is right based on whether it helps them or not.

It is just as unethical to discriminate against the rich as it is to discriminate against the poor.

- Wilma Bennett

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