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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 of hunting.


Kill a Critter for Christ: Mormon Church Goes Hunting for Profit
VegSource 7Dec00 T1
By Jim Catano

See also: Missionary Couple Tends Isolated Farm


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