my two cents
As an animal lover and long time vegetarian I also cannot understand the desire to kill animals. I still become a little indigant when I am bird watching and hear gun shots in the distance. In a less "speciescentric" world perhaps it would be considered ghastly and immoral. But in reality we have politician pretending to be hunters to get votes from members of the NRA!
On the other hand, I have come to accept hunting as a part of society. Due to the unfortunate exirpation of most large predators in the natural world some would even argue they are a necessary part of the ecosystem. I would argue that human hunters select for large healthy game taking them out of the population's gene pool, whereas an animal predator would most likely choose old or sick animals (natural selecton). Hunting lisecenes and duck stamps do help support the Fish and Wildlife department which are always in need of funding. A lot of land is conserved thanks to hunters.
I suppose if I did eat meat I would rather hunt for it than buy it from large, inhumane farms with crowded, disease-suseptible conditions. That is a whole other subject I could go on and on about. BUY LOCAL
If you haven't read it, I recommend " A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold. For him, it was more about the experience of finding an animal and learning about it's ecology than the actual kill. I can only hope that most modern day hunters feel the same way.
Marcia Baker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Still hard for me to believe that anyone could shoot a wood duck or merganser.
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