Re: Foxhunters defy the ban with a record turnoutDec 29th, 2006
Oh i dunno about that Colpy, I see no particular sport in cornering a fox surrounded by a pack of dogs and "brave" men that can ride a horse through the mud. I can agree this is by no means any pressing international issue, but really, how cruel do you have to get before someone stops it?
I'll throw the cub clubbing sport in Canada, the shark fin harvesting, the whale fishing as part of something that I think should stop.
If you have to hunt for food then fine. If you hunt and place animals in a position of being tortured, then really phuck off.
There are just as equally unacceptable actions by humans towards animals as our actions against the environment.
At the same time, cruelty to animals is a very relative thing. Nature is exceptionally cruel. Wild animals don't die peacefully in their sleep.........they die long agonizing deaths after injury or because of disease, they are torn to bits by predators, or they starve to death. That's it. Shooting is about as good as they can hope for.
I have shot game animals, but I could just buy my food. I have shot varmits, coyotes, crows and groundhog, that I don't eat. But I don't consider that I have ever been cruel to an animal.
I met a fellow while on course from Newfoundland.......an ex-sealer no longer able to go out for fish or seal because of a back injury. One morning he showed up wearing an SPCA t-shirt, and I laughed, thinking it was a joke. Turns out he is a member.........he became slghtly miffed at me. To him, clubbing young seals to death is not cruelty............and it is not to me either.
We kill animals for a variety of reasons. To me, our responsibility is to make that death, be it by club, gun, arrow, or dog, as quick as possible.
To torture for amusement is inhumane. To kill is not necessarily inhumane.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Got a toothache.....too many ASA w/ codeine. Should say HAD a toothache.