By Kent Larsen
LDS Vegetarian Questions Church's Hunting Preserve
PROVO, UTAH -- In a new article on the VegSource website, an LDS
Church member questions the Church's ownership of a hunting preserve
on the southwest shore of Utah lake in Utah. Jim Catano, who first
become vegetarian for health reasons before developing a distaste for
killing animals, looks at the past statements of LDS Church
presidents and finds them incompatible with the Church's preserve.
However, Catano is not able to give the Church's side of the picture.
Catano noticed the Church's preserve in a July Deseret News article
about the senior missionary couple that runs the 11,000 acre hunting
preserve. The Deseret News article says that the site is run as a
revenue-generating preserve that charges hunters as much as $1,500
for the right to hunt there.
Catano uses quotes from Joseph Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith
and Spencer W. Kimball to question hunting in general, especially
looking at the experience of Snow, who, like Catano, underwent a
change of heart and disliked hunting for sport.
Catano says he approached the Church's Public Affairs office about
his questions on the hunting preserve, but that Public Affairs
decided not to answer his questions for the article. As a result,
Catano's article doesn't explain why the Church owns the preserve,
nor does it give a non-vegetarian view of LDS doctrine on the subject
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