I know I'll get some flak for this, but should hunting be deemed a sport? I don't think so to be honest, as I only found it necessary if you're either hunting for food or clothes. If you're just hunting to stuff a animal or lop it's head off and put it on a wall, then I think that's just sick. Seriously, how is it a sport? Your standing over a mile away shooting animal that has no clue what's going on, so how is that a fair sport? Now, if you wrestled like say a grizzly bear with your bare hands and killed him using only a bowie knife, then I'd say it was a sport, as that bear had just as good of a chance to kill you too. However, if you're shooting some animal over a mile away, then it's not a sport.
Anyways, what are you're thoughts? Is hunting a sport?
I don't see how killing living creatures can ever be considered a sport. I cannot stand the idea that humans get pleasure from the fact that they have taken away the life of a living creature, who has as much right to exist as do humans. In the UK, fox hunting with hounds was outlawed a few years ago, yet it still continues. In fact it has more followers now, than before it was made illegal. But because it is the aristocracy who take part in this evil activity, and the law does not seem to apply to them, it is bound to continue.
I agree totally, but I don't say it much around home. There are a lot of hunters in my area, but they eat the meat or donate it to Hunters for the Hungry.
One of the guys I work with was invited on a 'hunt' on a special preserve. You paid by the size of the rack. He's a big hunter, but he was disgusted when he came back. He said the deer were so tame he had to shoo off deer all day long waiting for 'the big one'. When it finally came along, he refused to shoot. He said it would have been like shooting someone's pet.
As you've said, hunting should only be for food or clothing, or donating these things to whoever needs it.
It's not a sport. Sports shouldn't involve killing. Even if that were the case, the animal is at a complete disadvantage which isn't really fair play. I think even in "Predator" the alien Predator refused to attack those who were unarmed (of course his weapons were 1000x more advanced but at least he tried).
To make it a sport, you'd need to have it as wrestling with a bear or something (and not kill it). But then again, I don't think the bear knows the concept of a "sport" so if you lose it's death.
Yep, I couldn't agree with you more, as you definitely bring up a lot of valid points. Although when it comes to Predator, they did make an awful big exception when they hunted those unarmed Aliens in "Aliens vs. Predator" films.
I agree with those who say no!
To hunt for food to feed a family? Sure.
If you think of hunting as an activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, involving the testing of ones physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis, etc, as a sport, ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Guys come in for brkfast dressed in "cammies," then head out to sit in a tree and wait for a deer to come around to eat the corn they spread on the ground at the bottom of the tree!
After killing a nice buck at 25 yrds they scream " great shot" and give each other a hi 5!!! I've listened to their stories.
Then the pride of the hunt, a beautiful 5 pointer, has it's head cut off and mounted above the fireplace mantle.
When friends come over beer is served and the great hunters brag about the great shot that brought "Bambi" down!
The meat is used, but the reason for the killing is not for the meat! It's for the sheer predatory pleasure of the kill. That is disgusting to me!
Well i was basically agreeing with everything you said. I noticed some hubbers are starting to use that "+1" symbol as a sign of saying they agree with something, so I thought I'd try it out.
I am strongly in favour of hunting as a sport - and now that the wildlife population is so depleted we should release truckloads of fundies for those fat lazy hunters who like easy prey, release bus-loads of rabid right wing nut jobs with guns for those who don't mind running round in circles chasing them, a few truckloads of raving feminists for those who like to hunt by following the noise, and all the arms manufacturers so that we can test out all the latest crap they loose on the world to make a few more bucks, and all the . . . . .
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