PETA wants Illinois residents to get out and hunt. It’s morel mushroom-hunting season, which means that with a sharp eye and perseverance, you can find tasty, meaty meals on the forest floor (“Morel mushroom hunting is here,” April 15).
Take an animal hunter with you and show him that actual hunting is a skilled, athletic expedition. You can’t just eat potato chips in a tree stand and wait for a hapless mushroom to stumble into your cross-hairs. Take your harvest home and cook up some hearty cruelty-free dishes, such as wild mushroom and asparagus risotto, mushroom stroganoff, or acorn squash stuffed with brown rice mushroom pilaf.
Join in the state’s mushroom-hunting contests and compete for prizes for the biggest mushroom, most mushrooms, or the mushroom that most closely resembles a presidential candidate. Take pictures with your hard-earned catch so you can brag on social media.
Have fun with your fungi. Because the Walter Palmers of the world are just a fungus on society.
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Michelle Kretzer, The PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.