Been Hunting and Fishing?

OK. I really need to get something off my chest. I am really bothered by hunting and fishing. It’s my choice to be vegetarian – nobody told me I had to be a picky eater, and I’ve never believed that I have the right to impose my beliefs upon anyone else, but frankly, I just don’t get the whole hunting and fishing thing.

Back when the native people were roaming this great land, they took what they needed to survive. They hunted, and they used the entire animal for necessities. They knew it was a tremendous offering on behalf of the animal to provide the hunter with sustenance and useful materials needed for survival. The white man came along with little understanding of the sacrifice of the animal and righteously took what they wanted. Granted, back then, everybody needed the animal so it was not an issue of “wants” versus “needs,” but rather respectful usage vs. waste and disrespect.

How do we define hunting today?

It’s now clearly something we want rather than need. Have hunters completely lost the idea of the great sacrifice?

Doesn’t it seem barbaric?

I particularily detest the fact that these actions are labelled as “sport.” I do not consider the killing of animals a sport. The walleye aren’t getting together in the afternoons to make teams for the morning game. It’s only sport for those who righteously believe that animals are for meat and nothing else. We needed animals for food in the past, I would now argue that their purpose has changed.

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2 thoughts on “Been Hunting and Fishing?

  1. I am a fellow vegetarian who is a strong supporter of hunting. I’ve never hunted in my life. I have fished but not since a few years prior to becoming a vegetarian.

    That said, there are several good reasons to promote hunting and fishing:

    1) Animals like Deer no longer have a keystone predator in place to manage overpopulation. Without allowing humans to hunt them, it would be necessary to pay the DNR to capture and kill them anyway in the name of population control.

    2) Meat consumed from an animal that wasn’t raised and slaughtered by an intensive factory farming process is actually better for humans to eat.

    3) Intensive factory farming processes, the stuff that lets Buffalo Wild Wings sell wings for 25 cents a piece, is a huge cause of global warming as well as the leading use of crops and water. Raising meat of any kind is a huge waste of food and water.

    4) Hunters and Anglers are the people actively paying to protect the environment. Unlike other states like California, the Minnesota hunters and outdoorsmen and the Minnesota environmental movement have come together to form a political alliance because we’ve determined that our differences are outweighed by our shared vision of a protected wilderness that respects ecologoical diversity.

  2. Hi Sam,

    Thanks so much for the perspective. You raised many valid and important thoughts regarding the importance of hunting. I could never do it myself, however.

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