Yes - Its great fun, and sometimes challenging
No - But I would like to give it a try!
Yes - And I also got the food from the kills
I support PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals
No, I wouldn't want to try it
Regardless though, I do respect your choice to be vegetarian, I'm sure you get WAY more fiber than me
EDIT: Rethinking about the cattle in slaughter house, cows might feel fear if they understand exactly what is going on. Not all of them may though.
Last edited by Xl House lX; 2012-11-05 at 11:05 PM.
Call me House.
I feed the wild animals so I get a healthy population of them and make sure their kids will be able to survive harsh winters as an example and keep them safe from predators. When doing this I get many (hopefully "happy" deers) which lived a free and good life.
Then I can each autumn go out and kill a few grownups, KNOWING that they had a good life and haven't been standing about eating themselves fat just to get ready for slaughter ....
The problem should be directed to the care of today's "animal-farming", that is wrong treatment of animals.
Yes, nothing like the thrill of a hunt from ANY animal.
Aside from that, the reasons given have been:
- I like the grandeur of stalking my prey
- I get cravings for wild animals and don't like grocery store meat
- I enjoy nature and being a part of nature
- I like having a relationship with my food
None of these make hunting detrimental to the well being of our society, hunting is a vanity done out of preference, not necessity. Unless you are poor of course.
I've been hunting since I was 14 years old and it really is a great thrill. It's population control for some species so I am totally okay with that aspect of hunting. In a lot of areas deer, coyotes and other animals get completely out of control depending on certain factors. So there is that aspect.
My family has never hunted just for the kill though. We typically go duck, goose or moose hunting and a very small reason for that is the actual sport. We actually love eating those animals and about 95% of the reason we go hunting is to load up our freezers with meat. The meat is very lean, tastes good and is probably slightly cheaper than getting the same amount of meat from slaughtering something like a cow.
Now I am a bit torn on a subject like this. It sort of repulses me when I went hunting and I watched people kill a moose, cut off it's rack and leave the meat to rot. To me purely trophy hunting seems like such an absolute waste and it makes me a bit sick.
Yeah I do it, but not purely for the sport aspect. When we go hunting we actually walk and hike in the wilderness. People around here sit in a tree, throw out hundreds of pounds of carrots and bait things like deer. To me that really isn't hunting at all.
Never have nor never will especially not for sport.
The money from the above bill and others like it have contributed more to the conservation of game animals in America and their habitat than all other organizations combined. 5.5 billion has been collected since 1937 which has purchased millions of acres of land for national parks.
Endangered species from around the world have been saved because hunters imported them to the US. In the 70s the Scimitar Horned Oryx went extinct in its natural habitat but because of game ranchers in Texas they have survived. Total population of Oryx in Texas in the 70s was 2,700 now its more than 12,000. All reintroduction attempts from various organizations started with animals purchased from these game ranches. Nilgai antelope also faced extinction now they thrive in there home habitats because of game ranches. Nearly half the entire population of Blackbuck antelope survive on game ranches in Texas. Whitetail deer, Wild Turkey, and Pronghorn antelope have all gone from nearly extinct to thriving in the US because of the billions payed by hunters that goes to their conservation.
Hunters have been a negative force in the past that cant be disputed but in the last 80 years hunters in America have become a large and wildly successful force for the conservation of natural habitat and species.
Another animal that causes problems are mooses, which is a pretty common animal here, all our major roads got proper fencing to keep them off the roads but you still have accidents, getting a moose through your front window is pretty much hastala vista, you are lucky to get out alive.
Wild boar, they breed like rabbits, they cause absolute havoc, they will ruin a garden in a couple of hours, this also creates conflicts with locals.
Animals can coexist side by side with humans, but it's not as simple as you make it out to be.
The nerve is called the "nerve of awareness". You cant dissect it. Its a current that runs up the center of your spine. I dont know if any of you have sat down, crossed your legs, smoked DMT, and watch what happens... but what happens to me is this big thing goes RRRRRRRRRAAAAAWWW! up my spine and flashes in my brain... well apparently thats whats going to happen if I do this stuff...
I don't hunt and never could unless I needed the food. I think eating meat is optimal for human health and I realize that taking life to give life is just how the world works. Still, I prefer to be respectful about it and I see no sport in bloodshed. That said, hunting has been essential to human survival since humans first appeared on earth so I think it's natural for some to be hard wired to enjoy it. Esp men. We may not all have to hunt down our dinner everyday but it's hard to deny evolutionary instincts like that. I'm glad my bf doesn't hunt and has to desire to do so though.
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Vegetables are an important part of our diet but it doesn't make much sense that such a grueling demanding lifestyle like early humans lived would have been fueled through vegetation. Meat is also very nutritious which a lot of people forget about. You think healthy you think low fat, low calorie veggies. That's not really the whole picture. Meat is also very nutritious and is a completely natural food that we evolved eating.
I'm a vegan myself. However, if someone decides to eat meat then I respect the decision to hunt over, say, buying meat from a grocery store. While I don't inherently object to eating meat (I'm a vegan purely because I think it's healthier) I do object to the practices of most big businesses in the meat industry.
In most cases, the guy who goes hunting for food has a much smaller carbon footprint than huge cow/pig farms that are raising animals in pretty horrible conditions. If we're going to complain about anything, this is what needs the attention the most. Not some average joe hunter.