Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why hunt?

      Why Hunt? That is an excellent question. Shall we explore and see what comes of it here?

      Why hunt? Unless one is destitute and hungry, there really is no need for it. Not today in our modern age when one can quickly go into a supermarket and purchase meat. Besides, it isn’t the poor and hungry that is doing the hunting anyway. Hunting today is done by so-called sportsmen seeking a trophy to place on their wall. But ask yourself? With all kind of electronic gadgets available to hunters today, is hunting really a sport? No. It isn’t. Now, if a hunter was to hunt as if the Indians did for food and clothing, it could be called a sport, but that will never happen. Now, hunting is just an activity centered on fancy new guns and hunting gadgets.
Turkey Hunting. 

But, back to the original question, why hunt? I’ve heard many reasons for hunting over the years, but none of them justified. To me, killing an animal that was basically minding its own business and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time is no justification for any reason voiced. “I love venison or duck,” I’ve heard as one prevalent reason. Nowadays, a person can purchase venison or duck on-line. But does one really “need” to eat venison or duck? No.  I love animals. I can honestly say that I have never hunted nor had any interest in hunting. For me, I never had any interest to chase down and shoot Bambi, Bugs Bunny or Simba. Some have. I currently live in Mississippi where hunting seems to be the number one activity, probably more so than making love if you hear them talk about it. They’re proud of hunting. It’s been supported and promoted by the state. Our local newspaper regularly posts color photos of proud hunters with their “trophy kill” whether it is a deer or a rabbit. Young children that I don’t think even know what hunting is are in the photos. Sound sickening to you? It does to me. But that is the mindset of a hunter. Me, I see an animal and all I want to do is hug it and protect it. On my property in the country hunting is not allowed. I don’t care how far a hunter has chased “his trophy”, I don’t allow hunting. If a hunter shows up on my property to chase his prey, he/she better be prepared for an arrest or getting shot himself because I will call the sheriff and I will press charges for trespassing. I will also shoot that hunter if they try to shoot me or that animal.

I may lose some readers after this post. That’s fine. Sorry to see you go, but I don’t hunt. I don’t like hunting. I don’t approve of it. This may be America and you’re allowed to do it, but not near or anywhere around me. For me, hunting is wrong for so many reasons. One doesn’t need to hunt. This isn’t the pioneer days. There is no sport in it. The hunter has too many advantages. ATVs? Really? Dogs? Night vision scopes, range finders, blood trackers and more. Come on. Get real. If you’re really a sportsman, let’s see you hunt as in the olden days. A hunter and his gun. That’s it. Nothing else. No camo gear. No deer stands. No false scents. No animal decoys and decoy calls. Just you, your gun, or bow, and the animal. No compound or cross bows either. Hunt the animal fairly on equal terms. I still won’t approve, but I’ll respect you more as a true hunter.

 The government is no better. When they decide there is too many animals in existence, they order the animals must be culled and hunting is promoted. We don’t kill humans when there are too many of us. We don’t kill, though we should, pedophiles, serial murders and rapists, though there are way too many of them, but we blatantly kill animals without a second thought. Horrible. Wrong. Inhumane. Horrific. I could go on, but you get the idea on how I feel about it. For me, hunting in any form is wrong. Not necessary.

Why hunt? Got me. Personally, I don’t get the attraction, the need to do it. I guess people need to prove themselves, have control over something helpless, innocent and basically harmless. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m no idiot. If I see a wild boar or a grizzly bear charging at me or mine, I will kill to defend myself or those I care about, but you’ll never see me out and about looking like some fool hunting down an animal I don’t need to eat just so I can hang his head on my wall or make his body into a rug. And while we’re on the subject, when did it become all right to hunt giraffes? Where is the sport in that? Where is the need? Just another trophy. I love animals. I hate people. People have made this world what it is. We’re killing the bees off because of the pesticides and gunk we spray on our lawns and in the air. We’ve made huge tons of garbage heaps in the oceans. I don’t need to go on. Why hunt? There is no real reason to do so except out of egos, or because it is “tradition.” I have family members that used to hunt. They stopped. Why? They saw no real reason for it anymore. They don’t need the food. Hunting is no longer a sport. It’s become all about trophies and nothing else. That’s my humble take on it anyway, and because I own some property in the country, there will always be a haven, even just a small one, a refuge for those animals that need to feel safe and truly are. I don’t hunt and on my land, neither will hunters. 

That’s it for now. How do you feel about hunting? Do you hunt? Why? If you don’t, why don’t you? Did you ever hunt? Why did you stop? Why do you think people hunt when they really don’t have to anymore?
      Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward.
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