Have 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?
Have a look.
Are you able to see hunting through foreign eyes?
(Note: In the interest of privacy, these respondents shall remain anonymous.)
“The urge to kill lies within us all, especially as children. Without proper channelling of these instincts, children often grow into physically abusive and/or murderous adults. Can any of us honestly say that, as kids, we didn’t shoot birds with our slingshots and bb guns, or set homemade traps for other critters? I say that if you can say that, then you either never had an opportunity as a child, or you’re an exception to the rule of human nature.” — Russ Chastain
“It’s a way to connect with nature on a level you can’t understand unless you do it.”
“Animals suffer all the time. It’s really no different than one getting hit by a car.”
“Hunting is the most profound rite of passage from boyhood to manhood.”
“We wouldn’t have kids shooting up their schools if they had game to hunt. I believe this. I started my kids, my boys and my girl, on their twelth [sic] birthdays.”
“People have been hunting for food for thousands of years…if you got an issue with it, take it up with your God.”
“Animals were put on this earth to harvest and eat for food, not to overpopulate and die of starvation, sickness, disease, and illness. They are a renewable, valuable resource.”
“Hunting is for people brave enough to do it. If you can’t stomach it, stay outta the woods. And stay off my right to kill wild animals. Notice I say wild animals. We’re not out there shooting up yor [sic] pet rabbit.”
“What’s the difference if you go into the woods and shoot it or go to the supermarket and buy it after some one else killed it?”
“Children need to be taught patience and courage. Hunting teaches them that and more.”
“I was 13 years old when I started hunting with my dad. I still remember my first kill like it was yesterday, even though it has been 11 years. I cried for three days straight, could not eat or sleep either. My dad was good about it though, talked me through it, and I am still hunting. It is harder for some than others, but it gets so much easier thank god, lol.”
“Hunters have deep respect for their prey. We don’t dance on the carcass.”
“Hunting helps restore the natural balance of things. The thrill of seeing wildlife is something you just can’t get from a trip to the zoo, and without hunting, we’d have considerably less wildlife to look at. The hunter cares a lot more for the animal he hunts than does the non-hunter.”
“Hunting teaches compassion for life.”
“I was like, Yes! Fear the wrath of man! I got a rush. I was showing the animal that I’m better, more powerful, and able to control their existence.”
“It doesn’t make me feel like a man. I’m putting healthier food on the table and I do it myself. That is what makes me feel good — providing for me and my family and not relying on someone to do the dirty work for me.”
“When you kill an animal, it’s yours. You own it. You bought it with your blood, sweat and tears. Minus the tears.”
“It gives me a feeling of satisfaction. Because in order to kill an animal, you have to make a good shot. When I hit one, I feel proud.”
“Anyone who eats meat, wears leather, or makes use of any other part of an animal should really wake up and think about how that animal got on their plate. You want us to stop hunting? Are you ready to stop eating meat and making use of leather?”
“How can you call an animal in the wild helpless, but be ok with a semi full of cattle being led into a slaughter house and killed one at a time?”
“I’ve been shooting groundhogs as long as I can remember, don’t think I felt anything besides excited. First deer, however, rattles your nerves. You’re so focused on not being seen, on making the shot that you start to shake. I actually had to close my eyes and calm myself, listening for the deer to get closer. After the shot your body just dumps endorphins and adrenalin into your system, it’s almost a high.”
“It’s an animal. It’s no different than the fly you swat. If it is, prove it.”
How do you see hunting?
What are your thoughts about these hunter’s views?
Check out an alternate view on hunting in Part 2 of this post: