Sunday, May 27, 2007
Although the following rant relates to nothing we have discuessed over the last few weeks, i feel i must say something about this.
Hunting is a sport that, while i don't like it, i'm not against it. That is to say, i'm not against hunting animals in the right season and that are not protected by laws. I don't have any moral objecting to the death of animals that pose a threat to the human community around them. But i DO have an objection to killing an incredibly unique creature just to say that you've killed it.
In the case of Jamison Stone, the 11 year old boy who killed a wild boar meassuring 2.7 meters (9 feet 4 inches) long and weighing in at 476 kg(1,051 pounds), i've got a problem. It is the biggest boar that we have a record of EVER and we've just killed it. Now i realise that he probably didn't realise it was the biggest on record, but i know he knew it was the biggest he'd ever seen. It was bigger than anyone in his hunting party had ever seen. So in order to say that he'd done it, they killed it.
Then in order to take it out of the woods, "trees had to be cut down and a backhoe brought in to bring Jamison's prize out of the woods".
Yes, i know that the pig was found on hunting ground. And yes i know it was in season...but does our nature really ask for us to kill just because we can?