@PolAmKrakow (and others), for me personally my problem with hunting is not the fact that an animal is getting killed, because that's normal in nature - predators kill their prey in order to have something to eat - in order to survive.
For the same reason I'm not judging people eating meat, because that's a bit like judging a tiger for eating his food, which would be silly.
People who hunt for food or forestmen who kill off sick animals or whatever don't bother me. It's people who hunt for "sport" or "fun" that bother me. People who don't have to, but CHOOSE to kill for fun. And don't tell me that it's not the killing that they enjoy - because killing the animal is the goal of hunting. And it's usually killing an animal that can only run away and that won't shoot back at you, which makes it just more disgusting and pathetic in a way...
I realise that there are people who were brought up like this, that their fathers taught them hunting since they were teens or kids even, probably mainly in the countryside in the US. They got used to it and they view it as normal, just the way my countryside grandma views beheading a rooster as a normal way of getting food.
I never asked how she felt about killing animals she had since they were little. I'm guessing that she simply got used to that, just like majority of farmers, I guess. I do think that it decreases the level of empathy of people living in the countryside that they have for both wild and farm animals (that's what I've observed, at least), but that's a subject for another discussion.
However, I've never noticed my grandma being "elated" about killing her farm animals. The only thing she was "elated" about was the fact that we're going to have a good chicken soup lol
But notice that in our discussion in Random PrzelotnyPtak didn't write that he's hunting for food or to control the deer population - that it simply has to be done. He wrote that he feels "elated" about it and was writing some bullsh1t about feeling close to nature and God.
And as far I remember you wrote about killing an animal being "self-cleansing"?? WTF???
So, my problem is with people who want
to kill animals PERSONALLY
, who want to take life with their own hands, even though they don't have to and they ENJOY
it. And they must ENJOY it, because they wouldn't be doing it, if they didn't enjoy it. It's not like anyone is forcing them to put a bullet or an arrow into an animal.
it must be given meaning and used in an appropriate manner. I have taken Bear, Deer, Grouse, Pheasant, Chucker, and Rabit.
So what "meaning" are you giving to killing a bear? You can eat deer, rabbit, pheasant, etc., but what's the point of killing a bear nowadays?
Do people pose grinning with dead worms and voles? Or buy magazines about it?