The Eyes Have It: Non-Hunters

no-hunting-signHave you ever wondered how hunters can kill animals for fun, sport, or any other self-satisfying reason? Or have you instead wondered why non-hunters are such bleeding hearts?

In Part 2 of this Foreign Eyes Friday, I’ve compiled quotes from critics of the hunt.

Have a look.

Are you able to see hunting through foreign eyes?

 

Non-Hunters

(Note: In the interest of privacy, these respondents shall remain anonymous.)

“Natural predators look for the ‘easy kill.’ They target the young, the weak, the distressed and the diseased. Those are easy kills. They do not target the strong, who easily escape them. These strong individuals survive and reproduce. Because only the strong survive to reproduce, the genes of these individuals are passed on to their descendants, strengthening the gene pool.

But human predators (namely, hunters) do not look for the ‘easy kill.’ They look for the ‘trophy kill.’ They only want the buck with the largest antler spread. This philosophy weakens the gene pool, because the healthiest individuals are “culled.”The weaker individuals remain to procreate. Having shown that the argument of the “noble, nature-loving” hunter to be weak and false, if they persist, the question is begged: “So what is the real reason you hunt?”

— Jim Blanston

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“It is a moral issue for me to stand up against recreational and trophy hunting, and an emotional issue since I love the animals being hunted, and an intellectual issue on evolution by compassion, and a spiritual issue regarding why I am here.”

“For someone’s pleasure, relaxation, recreation…what can be fun about scaring and killing animals like that?!”

“If many people witnessed it firsthand they would soon be against it when they see a little bunny run for its life and be shot at then dead, it is horrible & horrific. It is all very well saying something is this or that when one is not near to it but to see it is another story.”

“Hunters argue that the sport is an age-old tradition passed down by our country’s forefathers. Well…so was slavery.”

“Animals should not die in the name of sport and they should not be terrorized before being euthanized (this being the operative word [used by hunters]) There has to be something wrong with people who enjoy causing suffering and fear to animals, and to cap it, then kill them. Pretty much warped way to have fun, in my opinion.”

“Hunting is institutionalized cruelty and accepted immorality.”

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“I personally feel that my human rights are being violated by hunters right now on a daily basis. I have a right to peace of mind and to live where I live in peace, and it is a foregone conclusion that the poor animals who dont have a voice or a choice have a right to not be terrorized to death for somebody’s pleasure.”

“Hundreds of people die in hunting accidents every year. It’s not just animals that are killed. My neighbor’s 9-yr. old son was shot by a hunter while playing “Survivor” in the woods off his back yard.”

“I have seen the foxes where I live chased for long distances by hunters & their dogs. The biological make-up of a fox is for speed, not stamina. When chased so long, these poor creatures tire out from exhaustion, and then are shot. Where’s the ‘sport’ in that? I won’t even ask where the compassion is, because hunters have their own definition of compassion.”

“Hunting is outdated. The days of needing to hunt to feed yourself or your family are and have been over. Population control is the reason hunting is still legal and promoted today. Because of so many humans populating the planet it leaves less and less area for the wildlife to live.“

“Though hunters claim otherwise, many hunters don’t actually know how to kill animals in a humane way, instead causing it great pain and suffering. And besides…humane killing? Isn’t that an oxymoron?”

“You really have to wonder about people who kill for fun.”

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Taking an animal’s life makes people more likely to be violent towards humans because they have become numb to feelings of remorse when causing physical harm to another living thing.”

“We need to protect or native species from extinction, and hunting is part of the problem. We could argue that sociopaths start by killing animals and we wouldn’t want to set a serial killer on his path to serial murder through a sport we as a culture condoned.”

“Wouldn’t the better course as a nation be to have a zero tolerance and err on the side of helpless wildlife? We are after all under god called to be stewards through biblical scripture.”

“If we as a nation condone hunting a deer how can we expect to be heard on behalf of those nations destroying the population of some priceless animal for their own personal gain? (elephants hunted for tusks, seals hunted for skin, cobra’s hunted for their beating hearts and the list of animals at risk goes on). How can we justify our personal gain and then demand they deny themselves and their culture their personal gain?”

“Hunting for sport? Isn’t taking pleasure in killing defenseless animals kind of sociopathic?”

“Why do hunters seem to think the statement, “I eat what I kill” makes the terrorizing and killing of wildlife acceptable? Question to these hunters: Can you say ‘Shoprite’?

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Hunters say they are taking the place of natural predators who have disappeared. How did those predators ‘disappear?’ HUNTERS!”

“Hunters using the phrase “fair game” is patently ridiculous. By what degree of delusion is using a high-powered rifle on an unsuspecting animal running away from you “fair?”

“In addition to animal cruelty, wildlife management agencies take actions to keep hunted wildlife populations high for the 21% of hunters in the country. Guess who pays for this? The tax dollars of the 79% of us non-hunters.”

“God save us all from people who enjoy recreational killing.”

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How do you see hunting?

What are your thoughts about these non-hunter’s quotes?

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See Part One: The Eyes Have It: Hunters

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Foreign Eyes Friday

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7 thoughts on “The Eyes Have It: Non-Hunters

  1. I agree. Hunters are nothing more than insecure cruel coldhearted people. Im torn about one aspect however: I eat chicken and fish(not red meat or pork). Fish are in a sense, hunted, and chickens are treated horrificly for their meat and eggs. How does one reconcile taking a moral stance against hunting and yet eating meat? May Jesus Christ soon come to rid the world of all the evil we take part in.

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  3. I really think this is one of the best articles I have read on hunting. I have to confess that my heart bleeds every day because I love a man who likes hunting and his thrill for it is such that I am sure that if he had to choose between my life and hunting I would be dead in that very second. I have been looking a lot at the profile of a “serial killer”. To me, the profile of a serial killer is pretty much the profile of the hunter. The only difference is that the hunter is a psycopath still “in control” that somewhat respects the limits set by society. Very honestly, I think that hunting is a socially accepted activity because many of these people would be “serial killers” or persons if they could not go out and kill animals. If we read the definitions of a the so called “thrill serial killers” we will find that their characteristics pretty much match the characteristics of a hunter. Are there any further studies that talk about the “psychology” of the “hunter for sport?” And I do not care whether they eat the meat later or not: they kill for pleasure and then they use the meat: that only proves that they are “economy oriented”, not that they are not psychopaths. Thanks

    • I am so sorry that you’re with someone who cannot place your life at the very top of their list. You deserve to be first in the heart of the one who loves you – we all do. The info you shared about serial killers is quite interesting and enlightening. You point out something very important for us all to think about: “they kill for pleasure and then they use the meat.” This is an astute observation, and I thank you for sharing it here.

    • Hi Angela! I know it has to be difficult being with somebody who hunts when it obviously pains you. We (antis) have also looked into the profiles of serial killers and you’re right, hunters and “thrill killers” have commonality. I’m with a group called the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition. If you are on FB I encourage you to please look up GAHC (and GAHC 2) and ask to join. I feel that we can offer you some support where you may not get it elsewhere. My entire family (Dad’s side) are hunters, and I largely don’t talk to them. I’m not sure about further studies on psychology and sport hunting, I haven’t seen much, but I will look it up!! I hope to see you in the group!!

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