Chad Mason, Mennonite pastor and self-described â€śgun-loving pacifist,â€ť made a strong andâ€”to some readersâ€”persuasive argument for hunting in â€śArmed and defenselessâ€ť (June 27, 2006). But there is one kind of hunting that Mason would, I suspect, strongly disapprove of: â€ścannedâ€ť big-game trophy hunts in which animals are placed in fenced or walled private â€śpreservesâ€ť and are easy targets with little or no chance of escape. Sometimes the animals are made even easier targets: they are lured to feeding stations or small-field food-crop plotsâ€”or are simply herded toward the pretend-hunter. The animals, whether exotic or native, are often quite tame; they have been raised in captivity and do not fear human beings. Some of the animals are so domesticated that they have been known to lick the hunterâ€™s hand before being slain. Some are tied to a stake or drugged before they are shot. A few have even been shot while still caged.