Written by PETA
Of all the ways someone could choose to spend Christmas Day, deciding to go out looking for an animal to hurt, harass, and kill seems a poor choice. Yet some men in North Carolina―Christians, to boot―decided to do just that: throw their "hunting dogs" into metal boxes on the back of their pick-up truck, release them into some woods down the road, and have them flush out some deer. What they didn't plan on was a PETA staff member who was driving down the road on her way to deliver straw to a neglected "outdoor dog." Misty Collins slammed on her brakes when she saw the doe, leg dangling and bloody, dodging traffic as she tried to flee the dogs biting at her heels. Misty jumped from the van just as the deer made it across the road and collapsed to the ground. The hunter arrived, too, rifle in hand, but, although Misty begged him to shoot the deer, who was being torn apart right in front of them, at first, he refused. Then he tried to cave in the doe's head with his rifle butt, then shot her but didn’t kill her outright. Here is a picture of the bloody truck after the dead deer was loaded. Please, if you have land, post it as "No Hunting." And if you can persuade a friend with land to post it, please do. More on this story to follow.
I do not appreciate the Christian remark.
As I do live in North Carolina, and am a Christian myself, this article seems to make us look like hypocritical barbarians.
While I know plenty of people that hunt here (it is the South, mind you), and plenty of people that are less than respectable on a daily basis( I do not approve whatsoever, as I am Vegetarian and an advocate for animals) the structure of the article should not have been written in light of "Typical southern hypocrites at it again, and their religious too!"
I do believe this behavior is morally reprehensible, and I do not agree with nor endorse it, but the general assumption (Of what I took it as) "Southern, religious pricks at it again" is very annoying.
There are people here that do not see things in the right light, but there are also very loving, compassionate, polite, and well educated people here (that are also religious) that live here too.
As I still wish hunting were illegal, (and as stated before, using dogs for hunting deer is very odd) I wish the people writing articles would keep in mind not to group together one region for the negative media is has sustained.
Re: Concerned Hunter. Thank you for sharing your comment. PETA encourages you to remember that the Bible has been cited as justification for many cruel and abusive practices. It has been used to justify slavery, child abuse, and polygamy. Hunters may the Bible to justify their taste for animals’ flesh and cruel entertainment. But does killing and eating dead animals really seem consistent with Jesus’ message of peace? PETA's stance against hunting is based on a very simple idea, one that Jesus himself encouraged: that we should choose kindness over cruelty. PETA urges all Christians to recall this message before killing God's creatures for sport.
Apparently hunters have not evolved as much as most peta folks, so treat them like the other animals you so love and leave them alone to evolve in their own good time. Besides, this story is no less horrible than a deer being chased and eaten alive by one of it’s other natural predators. And usually “they” go after the babies. Ah, the circle of life.
NorCal is trying to give you a different side to look at. Most hunters, such as myself, respect nature and wildlife and actively oppose poaching. This was not an act of poaching but just the nature of the sport of hunting dogs with deers, which is illegal in many states but not in NC. I hunt grouse in NC and run into many bear hunters as well hunting with dogs. And we don't need people to make laws to protect us as someone on this forum said, we already have them. Hunting is a sport I've done since I was a child and I've never bagged over my limit and I've always eaten what I've killed. I'd rather eat what I kill and clean myself as to go to the store and buy it just as you might rather eat at a steak house instead of going to the store and buying it. And where in the world do so called Christians have a religious stance against hunting? That's a personal issue not a religious one as hunting is all in the bible. Hunting is simply a part of life. You wouldn't expect someone to arrest a hawk for swooping down and catching a rabbit for supper...of course not, that's how he survives. And yes I hunt with dogs when I grouse hunt and my dogs are wonderful companions and friends...but they are not my kids. I understand the difference between an animal and a human. All we are trying to say is hunters in general are not savages but law abiding, and nature respecting individuals and most of us care very deeply for mankind and humanity in general. We just know the difference between an animal and a person.
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