We've touched on the hunting topic within another post, but I thought we'd give it its own page. It seems to be a really hot topic, so let's dig in and "shoot" the breeze about it!
Hunting is a part of nature. In the old days, people had to hunt to live and survive. I've always admired Native American culture. Hunting was a big part of that culture, but Indians respected what they hunted. They thanked the spirit of the animal for giving them life. They used every part of the animal for shelter, clothing, tools. They weren't like the white Buffalo hunters who slaughtered bison all over the plains, taking hides for profit and leaving the rest to rot.
My problem with hunting today is that people do it for SPORT. It's even called a sport. How can it be a sport? Call it what it is, but sport it is not. People do it because they enjoy killing an animal, they do it for the thrill of the hunt, for the trophy, for the rack. NOT BECAUSE THEY NEED TO SURVIVE. And there is the difference and my problem with most modern hunters.
It doesn't matter to me that they "eat what they kill." It doesn't matter to me that we do have a deer population problem. I understand the need to "thin the herd" and I understand all the problems caused by too many deer, both for humans and for the deer themselves. Hunters can give all those rational reasons, but for most of them, it's because they ENJOY killing a living thing as FUN and SPORT. And to me, when one enjoys killing, that falls under the "thou shall not kill" commandment. Hunting is not a necessity for most hunters, period.
I also hear the "tradition" argument. "Daddy went hunting with grandpa, I went with daddy, I'm taking my son." I'm sorry, but humans have done a lot of terrible things based on "tradition" or "culture." Not a good excuse in my book.
I will never understand the need for hunters to put their dead deer pictures in the paper. Disgusting. All those deer look alike, dead, lifeless, so what is the point? To prove what a big "man" they are? And if you do think of it as a sport, then the two sides should be on equal footing.
But today, in a weird way, if you are going to eat meat at all, it might actually be better to eat hunted meat than buying from a store. Why? Because today cows and pigs and chickens don't live normal lives on nice, happy, rural farms. They are raised in factory farms in terrible conditions, crammed into too small pens, pumped with hormones to make them fatter than nature intended. Turkeys are fattened up so much they can't even walk their breasts are so big. And doing that, to me, is actually worse than hunting, because at least a hunted animal lived a natural life. But again, most hunters don't hunt for that reason.
Let's be clear: the reason most people hunt is for fun and sport and that is what disgusts me.
So, I've been thinking: If one wants to eat meat, its best to buy an entire butchered cow or pig, one that grew up on a normal farm, that had a normal life before being killed for food. It might cost more, but if you believe animals should be treated humanely, it's worth it. This is something I hope to do.
My problem with hunting is not the need for food, but the need for "sport." The reasoning does make the difference, and only the hunter himself knows what he's getting out of it and if it's "fun and thrilling" to kill a living being.
So, share your thoughts, and be nice! :) Picture above is of Tarzan "hunting" his toy that's in part of the carpeted cat tree.
posted by Sandy at 3/12/2007 08:16:00 AM