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Letter: Blaze pink a safe, rigorously researched option for hunters

If anyone has a personal problem with pink, we have to put that aside and respect scientific information.

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A recent letter to the editor by Jeff Benda grossly mischaracterized the research I performed to measure the safety and visibility of the color “blaze pink” for use by hunters in the outdoors. Despite my having taken the time to discuss my research with him directly, he cherry-picked information that I shared with him in order to cast doubt on my findings and buoy his argument against North Dakota’s adoption of the color as an option for hunters there.

I have decades of experience as a textile chemist and researcher, and the study did not merely survey college students in classroom about the colors, as he claimed. Rather, I used several rigorous and industry-tested methods, including scientific color measurements and analysis, as well as town hall meetings of adult members of the hunting community. As a scientist in this discipline, I feel a duty to use my expertise to ensure the safety of my fellow Americans in their sport of hunting.

I hope the editors will note the error in his letter and also that the people of North Dakota have the chance to join the nine other states that have already legalized this option for their hunters. Meanwhile, if anyone has a personal problem with pink, we have to put that aside and respect scientific information.

Dr. Majid Sarmadi is a textile chemist in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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