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Myth: Human hunting/killing of animals is the same as animals in the wild

February 5, 2013

Animals eat other animals in the wild.  If killing and eating animals is such a terrible thing then why do animals themselves do it in the wild?  If it’s ok for them to do it then why isn’t it ok for humans to do it?

Most humans do not hunt for their food.  Only about 5% of the active adult population hunts and most hunters still purchase most of their food at the grocery store.   The animals on the store shelf come from confinement, abuse and slaughter and this is not something that animals do to other animals in the wild.

There is a difference between the way a carnivore participates in hunting and the way a human hunts.

Carnivores in the wild eat the weak, the sick, the elderly and the already dead.  This type of hunting helps populations of animals continue to exist by removing the weaker and leaving the stronger as nature intended.  This type of hunting also helps the carnivore because it takes far less calories to hunt a slower, weaker or sick animal than it does a healthy one and very little caloric expenditure to eat the already dead.

When is the last time you saw a hunter come home with the smallest deer, a sick deer, an elderly frail deer, or an already rotting and decayed deer for the dinner table?  Human hunters go against what nature intended.  They aim for the strongest, healthiest and heartiest.  Human hunters take out the healthy mothers and fathers and leave behind the smaller children, the sick, and the frail and elderly.  Nature did not intend for this.

What is it that causes the human hunter to seek out the healthy and hearty animal while the true carnivore prefers to hunt the weak, small, frail, elderly as well as the already deceased and decaying as nature intended?

This is because a carnivore hunts like a carnivore but a human hunts like an herbivore.

When you go to the store and pick out fruits and vegetables in the fresh produce section do you take the diseased looking fruit?  The fruit that has started to decay?  The tiny thin shriveling zucchini?  The green unripe young bananas?  The misshapen tomato?  The smallest ears of corn?  Of course not!  These things signal to the herbivore that these are not the healthiest produce and may therefore be less nutritious.  We are naturally inclined to ‘hunt’ for the unblemished, symmetrical, mature, and healthiest.  Herbivores exert no more calories reaching for the healthiest looking produce than they would reaching for the unhealthy looking produce.

When humans hunt they apply herbivore traits to hunting and this harms populations of other species.  When we fish we throw back less desirable catch.  When we mass fish we not only rob the oceans of life en mass, but we also kill other healthy species in the process such as dolphin and we annihilate the coral reefs.  Sharks do not do this.  They do as nature intended.  Humans are at odds with nature when we hunt or fish.

If you hunt for survival, meaning you are starving and there is simply nothing else to eat, you would probably eat anything you could find just to survive.  You would not be able to catch a healthy robust animal.  You would have to rob a nest of its babies or catch a slower much smaller animal.  You would eat insects or berries or try to catch a fish with your hands and I guarantee you it would not be the healtheist fish you are catching.

But humans do not hunt to survive.  We do it for pleasure or for ‘taste’ at the expense of what we hunt.  We do it on a full stomach.  We do it even though we do not need to.


Many hunters will say it is ok as long as you eat what you catch.

Unfortunately because hunters go for the healthiest animals, they may not ‘catch’ what they hunt.  A shot is fired, the animal escapes but with a lifelong injury.  This once vibrant healthy animal may now be prey for a true carnivore.

Hunters say a prayer for the animal and give thanks for its life.

The prayer said for the animal is not for the animal.  It is for the hunter to make the hunter feel better.  The animal cannot feel better.  He or she is dead.  The animal will never hear this prayer or receive any kind words from the hunter or any kindness at all for that matter.  The only thing the animal will ever hear from or receive from a hunter is fear, and a bullet being fired into its body.  The prayer and thanks do not benefit the animal or its family in any way shape or form.

If the hunter says they have great respect for the animal they hunt what does that mean?  If they respect the animal then do they not respect the animal’s opinion?  Or is the hunter’s opinion the only one that counts?  How then is this respect for the animal if the animal’s opinion, feelings, and very life count for nothing to the hunter?

Hunters say they hunt for financial reasons, to provide their family with food.

The average amount of money spent hunting by each hunter annually is 2000 dollars.  That is the equivalent of 166 dollars per month.  You could buy close to 200 pounds of rice, beans and pasta per month with this money.  That is the equivalent of 6400 grams of protein or 53 grams of protein per person per day for a family of four.  The average female needs around 48 grams and the average male around 58 grams per day.

The time it takes to buy whole foods like rice, beans and pasta is a fraction of the time it takes to hunt.  The time it takes to prepare and cook rice, beans and pasta is also a fraction of the time it takes to prepare a dead deer or other animal that must be skinned, gutted, and butchered.  If you do not like rice, beans and pasta just substitute any foods you like to normally eat and the result will be similar.

Hunters say man has always hunted.

Man has also always murdered, robbed, and raped.  Hunters may be offended by this comparison.  However the animal being hunted will lump hunting of themselves and their families in with these crimes.  If a hunter believes the animal does not see it that way then why does the animal run away?  Why does the hunter have to hide from the animal?  Because the hunter knows the animal does not want to die.

There are two living beings in the hunting scenario – the hunter and the hunted. The animal will tell you with the fear in its eyes that it knows you are about to take its life away.  The animal will fight for its life and try to get away.  Just because the animal does not have vocal cords does not mean the animal cannot think or feel or experience emotions and pain including emotional pain.  Even though the animal cannot talk as a human does, the animal is still expressing its desire to live.

Look into the eyes of the animal.  What do the eyes tell you?  Do the thoughts of the animal count?

Perhaps it is time to say instead that man may have hunted for many years, but man has now evolved to no longer need to take the life of another in order to live.  Man can finally do it all on his own.  A man no longer needs to depend on the life of an animal for his own life.  This is real strength.  This is real independence.  And this is as nature intended for man to be.  If nature intended man to hunt, man would have the claws and teeth to tear an animal apart with no need for a gun or an arrow.




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