Letter: Does revenge by ranchers justify killing of jaguars?

Re: “Study links rise in jaguar poaching to private investment from China” (Page A2, June 18)

The destruction of wildlife for profit must be fought everywhere and even if the plant or animal is not as beautiful as a jaguar.

But Ms. Nuwer’s article describes the killing of jaguars in response to livestock killings as “revenge.” Maybe there are people running around Belize with jaguar suits on? The word revenge is reserved for a retaliatory action taken by one person against another person that has harmed them in some way. Not a rancher who kills a big cat for killing his cow.

When you kill a snail that is chewing on your garden is that an act of revenge? Let’s keep it real.

Anthony Hargraves

Pleasant Hill

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