Written by Jeff Mackey
I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that PETA opposes hunting. After all, it's a no-brainer: Chasing and shooting animals (with a gun or a bow
and arrow) causes terror. Mates grieve, young animals can starve when their
mothers are killed, and hunting leaves wounded
but unrecovered animals to die slowly and wretchedly from blood loss,
infection, or predation.
PETA works to end efforts
to get ever-younger kids to take up this cruel blood sport because hunting teaches
them to see other individuals as objects to exploit and "things" to kill—a
very dangerous lesson. Every school shooter has been found to have hunted, and although not every kid who hunts will go on to
gun down human beings, people who fire weapons at other living beings destroy a
piece of their own heart.
In his article for Psychology Today titled "Do
Some People Simply Like to Kill Other Animals?" Dr. Marc Bekoff offers
some thought-provoking perspectives on the mind-set of hunters as well as on their
self-deceit. Here is an excerpt:
I see no reason to kill other animals
for a meal that isn't needed. Every time I read an essay about 'ethical hunting'
it makes me reflect on a number of different and challenging issues. One that
comes up time and time again is that maybe some people simply like to kill
other animals and then offer a wide variety of excuses about their lust for
blood (consider also the unrelenting war on wildlife including the wanton killing
of wolves, the man who used a trapped wolf for target practice, and the
egregious abuse of laboratory animals including chimpanzees). I can easily
understand why some hunters offer that 'getting out in nature' or 'getting in
touch with nature' or 'having quality family time' are important to them and
that's why they hunt. But one can get closer to nature without a gun so there's
more to it at least for some people, or so it seems.
I also don't understand how some people
can deny the suffering and death(s) for which they're directly responsible. I
find that when some people say something like 'Oh, I know they suffer, but I
love my steak' it nauseates me. And when they say they love other animals and
then kill them I like to say I'm glad they don't love me.
Many people want to rewild their hearts
- reconnect with other nature - and it's incredibly easy to do without causing
any harm. So, when will the unnecessary killing stop? I hope sooner than later
because it's just not necessary to cause harm and to kill to have a healthy
meal plan. So, do some people simply enjoy killing other animals? It seems they
do or else they wouldn't do it.
Help counter the cruelty of hunting in your area: Post "No
Hunting" signs on your land and that of sympathetic neighbors and friends,
join or form a local anti-hunting group, protest organized hunts, and spread deer repellent or human hair (from barber shops)
near hunting areas. Also, before supporting any wildlife or conservation group,
make sure that it opposes hunting.
Written by PETA
When Michael McLeod pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his Norfolk, Virginia, neighbor's dog, Rex, because he was annoyed at the dog's barking, he may not have thought he'd get a long prison sentence for cruelty to animals. But he was facing Circuit Court Judge Karen J. Burrell, a self-described "judge who has compassion for animals." She handed down the maximum sentence: 11 years for felony cruelty to animals, discharging a firearm in a public place, and failing to appear in court (McLeod dodged his original sentencing hearing in 2003 and was on the lam for seven years). McLeod will serve five years behind bars, with six years suspended. If he violates the terms of his probation after being released, he could serve that extra time too.
"When judges hand down sentences like this, they deter people from being cruel to animals," PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch told a reporter. They also deter people from being cruel to people, as there is a known link between cruelty to animals and violent crimes against humans.
If you know any people who leave their dogs or cats outside unattended, please share Rex's story with them. It only takes a few minutes for animals to become victims of people with short fuses and long rifle barrels.
Written by Alisa Mullins
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