I read with empathy your June 5 editorial “Unnecessary cruelty,” about the fatal shooting of a bear in Newton. Your final sentence was indeed poignant. You lamented “a sad and unnecessary death of a blameless creature.” For a brief moment I forgot that the object of your anguish was a small black bear. I almost imagined that you were decrying the abortion of a small child in the womb.
The writer is an associate professor of theology at Boston College.