Responding to recent protests before the Southampton Town Board, the Village of Sag Harbor came out in full support of hunting at Spring Farm this week.
In his April 15 letter to Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot and the board, Sag Harbor’s Mayor Gregory Ferraris defended the decades long history of hunting at Spring Farm and asked for the town’s support in keeping the tradition alive. He characterized what protesters called “canned hunting” on the farm as a wholesome outdoor activity, enjoyed by generations of local families.
“It would be a sad occurrence if another traditional activity that still takes place in our area comes to an end,” Mr. Ferraris said in the letter.
The mayor noted that events at Spring Farm benefit local volunteers and that the establishment has for decades employed many area young people, instilling in them an appreciation of nature and the environment. “We as the Village Trustees of Sag Harbor are trying to keep such highly valued time honored traditions alive for our local volunteers and the generations of families alike that still reside in our area,” Mr. Ferraris explained.