Geez, I think this whole issue is just unresolvable. Personally, I'm
like Hector, I can't get my mind around why someone would enjoy killing
things for recreation. I've had long conversations with people who
hunt, including plenty of birders (did you know Pete Dunne is an avid
hunter?), and still don't understand it.
I've become convinced that the vast majority of hunters are responsible
people with a genuine love of wildlife and the outdoors. Why they want
to act on that love by killing things is something I will never
understand, but I don't doubt that the love is powerful and that it has
meant that recreational hunters and their organizations have been
critical in conservation efforts in this country.
It is simply wrong to say that hunters "get their kicks" from causing
suffering. The hunters I know are passionately dedicated to avoiding
causing suffering in an animal, won't attempt a shot unless they know
they can make a "clean kill," etc.
I've discovered to my horror since moving to the country that I have no
choice but to kill the mice that invade my house and my cupboards when
cold weather sets in, but I will not use those appalling glue traps or
the little live traps that result in letting a shivering mouse sopping
wet in its own urine out in a field in 10-degree weather to freeze to
death. There is a difference between killing an animal and being
indifferent to its suffering. Only genuinely deranged minds actually
enjoy causing suffering.
I know way too many thoroughly "good people" who hunt to toss them all
overboard as moral degenerates. I'm one of those hypocrites who happily
eat meat wrapped in plastic from the supermarket, yet would not eat it
if I were responsible for killing the animal that provides it. In some
ways, that makes me a heck of a lot less morally clear-headed than hunters.
So that's my 2 cents...
hector galbraith wrote:
> Michael, in his posting, writes about "good hunters". Now, let me get
> this straight - aren't hunters those guys (and, unbelievably, some
> women) who get their kicks by causing suffering and death to animals?
> So, what constitutes a good hunter - someone who takes pleasure causing
> suffering and death only at mandated times of the year?
> Hector Galbraith PhD
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