Toronto Star article has my blood boiling!!

Today’s Star gave three pages away to a story that makes my stomach turn. A man who hunts gets attacked by his prey and now seeks to put an end to it once and for all.
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I couldn’t keep quiet, I wrote a letter to the editor…I hope it gets published!

Dear Toronto Star Editor,

I was trying really hard not to blow a gasket while reading your story this morning (Revisiting Stories of 2010, Dec.27, 2010) about Gerald Marois, a man attacked by a bear – while hunting!!! – who is seeking revenge. How can the Toronto Star allocate not one, but three pages to this story? We are accosted with sensationalistic visuals of Marois’ hospital-gowned body and indignant face, complete with injuries, on three separate pages. This is beneath you Toronto Star and better reserved for the pages of supermarket tabloids.

Marois, a self proclaimed “lifelong big-game hunter” finally gets some payback. A bear living out it’s natural life in the wild is confronted by a man intruding on its territory and the bear defends itself. Marois claims he’s had a spiritual awakening because he survived and “there must be something I’m supposed to accomplish, so I keep my heart open”. Does an open heart suggest go after this creature and “get him” as payback for his injuries? He says he’s not vengeful. If that’s not vengeance, then what is it? Marois survived, he should call it a day and count his blessings.

What I want to know is why the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources spent valuable man hours and our tax dollars setting traps and tracking down a bear that was merely defending itself? Why, when an animal is provoked, must it end in the death of that animal? Where is the justice for the bear?


3 thoughts on “Toronto Star article has my blood boiling!!

  1. sharon DiGenova

    I absolutely whole heartedly agree with Anouk.
    If an individual has the arrogance to believe it is his/her right to arm and kill other beings, for sport, pleasure, or food (which is entirely unnecessary) then that being should have the right to defend itself, it’s family and its home. If one believes one has trhe right to arm and fight, it should NEVER end in the death of the animal who was provoked, and defended itself.

    I am also appalled at the amount of space dedicated to this shoddy, sensationalist “journalism”

  2. sharon DiGenova

    I absolutely whole heartedly agree with Anouk.
    If an individual has the arrogance to believe it is his/her right to arm and kill other beings, for sport, pleasure, or food (which is entirely unnecessary) then that being should have the right to defend itself, it’s family and its home. If one believes one has the right to arm and fight, it should NEVER end in the death of the animal who was provoked, and defended itself.

    I am also appalled at the amount of space dedicated to this shoddy, sensationalist “journalism”

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