Is hunting a natural instinct for many men, or is it merely a sport in today's world?
When I was a teenager, I used to go hunting with my father and I loved it. Carrying a gun gave me a certain feeling that is hard to describe, but I thought of the barrel of the gun as an extension of myself. I especially used to love to hunt geese, because they are so intelligent and graceful in flight. I took a course in taxidermy because I was so intrigued by them.
When I became an adult, my value and belief system changed and I could not kill another animal, so I started making videos of them instead and that's what I do today. To answer your question, I think the feelings I had as a teenager were part of the natural instinct, but for many men, it is a sport that is driven by natural instinct that they may not be in touch with it. After all, at one time, man was a hunter-gatherer.
Many today justify their killing of animals for food by paying a hit man (butcher) to do it for them. These elitists think that paying someone to do your killing for you, makes them the better person. Man has hunted for meat since the beginning of time.
Hunting a certain two-legged animal will always be a natural instinct for many men.
I quit hunting deer when I quit eating venison. I remember that day well. My buddy and I both shot a buck, threw them in the back of the truck, and dropped them off at the processing place. Next day we go back to finalize our orders. Over a hundred deer are lying there in back of the place. A big rat runs under a deer, and the owner of the place stomps it with his foot, and picks it up by the tail and tosses it.
No matter how many times I watch The Deer Hunter, I just can't get back into it.
It is both. Men are natural hunters. We are also very competitive. So naturally, we have hunting competitions. For all people who don't hunt, I hope you support everyone's right to do it. Hunting serves several very important purposes. First it is a man thing. Second, it is cheap food. Third, it helps control animal populations (yes, many animals that use to be on the protected list became so numerous that the government issued kill permits to hunters.) People who eat meat should support hunters rights. It is actually much more humane to kill wild animals for food than the commercial farming of animals. Many commercial operations keep animals in small confinements and subjected to all sorts of chemical treatments to enhance their size, kill germs, change their appearance, or change their taste. Oh, by the way, many women love to hunt too.
I don't think that, hunting is the natural instinct for men......it's just about your
interest, passion, taste........
And, women are always better at hunting men down...
So we can say that hunting is always a natural instinct for women....to hunt men.
The hunting instinct should no longer be natural for a man, because hunting and killing animals has evolved into the instinct for "compassion". It does not take manliness or courage to hunt. After all, "Hunting is not a sport. In a sport both sides know they're in the game"... or have the same weapons.
Also, "Overabundant " is a term used by hunters as well as state wildlife management agencies in an effort to convince the public that deer and other innocent animals must be hunted , even though they are not biologically overpopulated and even though these animal populations are kept artificially inflated.
In addition, hunting is not a solution to factory farming. This myth fails to take into consideration the pheasants and quail who are raised in captivity and then released at pre-announced times and locations for the hunters to essentially "murder". The animals used to stock these state-owned hunting grounds have little chance for survival and were raised in captivity, just as cows, pigs, and chickens are raised in pens and barns. While it is true that a wild deer lives a better life than a pig in a gestation stall, hunting cannot be the solution to factory farming because it cannot be scaled up. The only reason hunters are able to eat wild animals on a regular basis is because only a small percentage of the population hunts. If 300 million Americans decided to take up hunting, our wildlife would be decimated in a very short period of time. The solution to factory farming is to become a vegan.
Furthermore, regardless of the life the animal has lived, the killing cannot be humane or justified.
As the great Dr. Albert Schweitzer was quoted to say, "The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo...which includes the animals also". Dr. Schweitzer, like many other great and moral men, (just to name only a few), such as Henry David Thoreau, Emerson, Voltaire, Sir Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Einstein, and Gandhi were against hunting and eating the flesh of defenseless animals. Nevertheless, these great men were healthy and brilliantly intelligent people, even in their time when hunting was thought necessary.
To have evolved from the hunter instinct to the compassionate instinct, requires that a person be "humane" in their treatment of all living beings.
"Is hunting a natural instinct for many men, or is it merely a sport in today's world?"
These two options don't exclude each other. Today hunting is mostly a sport that is based to humans predatorial instincts. After all, humans are predators and also scavengers, at least in historical terms. I am not sure whether buying a meat is hunting or scavenging, but at least it is not herbivorous action.
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