I have been a reader of The Almanac for decades but an article in your last week's issue is the first time I have been prompted to write.
Your continuing coverage of the Woodside Goat Hill saga has been enjoyable to read and seems to reflect what I have come to consider the pastoral sentiment of The Almanac which includes affection and compassion for both the land and animals of our region.
It was therefore with considerable distress that I read Barbara Wood's Dispatches column about her chicken coop. Obviously copying the current vogue for pet chickens, she writes proudly about her care for her flock and in the same light tone describes with amusement and satisfaction a friend's attempt to kill a coyote by running him over with his/her car!
I found the tale repugnant, her moral hypocrisy disgusting and hope that her nameless "friend" is identified and charged.
If The Almanac sanctions articles of this kind which promote the killing of non-domestic animals in their natural habitat this is not a publication I want to continue receiving.
Barbara Wood responds...
As a vegetarian, I actually do not sanction the killing of any animal, domestic or non-domestic.
I'm not sure what angers Ms. Ross about my hens, but in the eight years I have had them I have derived great pleasure from their company. Despite the fact that several of them are too old to produce eggs, I heartily encourage the "vogue for pet chickens" if such does exist.
And I do wish I could control the actions of others: I'd force them to all walk or carpool in a Prius, give up meat and bottled water, grow as much of their own food as possible and do volunteer work for 20 hours a week. Alas, I can only control my own actions, and sometimes my friends do not behave themselves!