I just get really riled up by ill informed bunny huggery but I am working on it
Unfortunately the issue as Trevorn has pointed out is controversial, and indeed this is the wrong forum to be discussing hunting, we are not dealing with a few trees being cut down here and there but incredible magnificent creatures getting shot, Irrational statements… when it comes to killing there is little irrational about condemning the act, unless it’s in absolute self defense or military operations going wrong and/or right.
How do people that respect living creature’s right to live have a balanced discussion to people that support killing? It’s a completely hideously lopsided discussion.
Had an interesting little bit of research with a friend who is a psychologist I asked her what her thoughts were in general on people that hunt animals, not Amazonian Indians or Eskimos, Bushmen etc... but modern apparently civilized educated men and some woman.
She said there is an almost certain correlation about power dynamics at play an overt deep desire to satisfy a deep rooted or shallow inferiority complex, it’s deep and complicated and it very likely involves a problematic psyche that has internal conflict about how to be a man or woman using violence.
Killing an animal could allay some of that conflict by a power act that propels that person into a state of being utterly in control with clear but actually flawed intention.
Now some of the hunters I’ve come across over the years this is right on the money, I absolutely agree in the main whilst recognizing there is always some exceptions to the findings.
Some will simply lust to kill.
Some will arrive at a place where they realize what they doing is actually not right, you get hunters, poachers doing a 180 and becoming the most ardent conservationists risking their lives even to protect and let live.
Actually in Canada a few years ago whilst ferrying a float plane I came across a bear trapper that had did the 180 and was involved in a conservation project to protect and relocate bears.
He told me the smell, the carcasses and the animals eyes and expressions just became sickening, and the final moment turning point was when he shot a bear and found her cubs nearby, it haunted him for years