In common with most people in the UK, I cannot understand the enthusiasm with which some Americans embrace the practice of killing animals for pleasure. I find the casual destruction of beautiful and intelligent mammals quite sickening.

The description in the News Tribune of the haul of thousands of bodies in the bear-killing season as a "harvest," while hypocritical, may point to the reasoning ("Field Reports: Wisconsin bear harvest down 11 percent," Nov. 4). If a sentient creature can be regarded as comparable to a vegetable crop, rather than as a conscious life, it may be easier to kill.

Of course, in times gone by, the same sort of language was used to describe and justify enslaving and killing people.

Kay Wagland

Arundel, UK