What Does It Mean to ‘Kill Humanely’?

MOTHER EARTH NEWS received many letters in response to the article “Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability” (June/July 2011). Some argued that predators, such as wolves, kill cruelly, whereas human hunters kill swiftly and painlessly. Here, Publisher and Editorial Director Bryan Welch explains why neither notion is fair nor accurate, and explores what “humaneness” really means.

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