Hunting: Killing Them, With Kindness

Kevin Rooney | 11/25/09

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<!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Times;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> Good ideas are hard to come by, so when we find one, like huntress and animal activist Pamela Bertch's idea that hunting animals will save them from starvation and accidental death on roadways, we should put it to use whenever we can. Especially in analogous cases, in which the problem and its root causes are similar.

Hunting animals is a necessity, proponents say, because overpopulation and diminished food supply create hunger and overcrowding so intense that animals are forced onto highways where they are struck and killed by camper vans, semis, motorcycles and even diminutive European cars and electric vehicles. It is, say hunters/animal-lovers, a far better fate for an animal to be shot between the antlers than to starve or be run over by joy-riders; so much better a fate that it isn't as illogical and crazy as it sounds to say that shooting an animal is "saving" it from death.

If that logic is true, then it will also be true in every sad situation created by diminished food supply, overpopulation and the proximity of roadways.

In America today over forty million people live without reliable access to food, on or below the poverty line, starving or at risk of starving and near a street. Many of those people are children. Would it not be more humane, kinder and gentler, as it is for animals, to save those children from a life of starvation and deprivation by hunting them? Dying from lack of food could take years, whereas being shot in the head from long range by a skilled hunter would be quick and painless.

A child on a swing set or playing in a sand box or riding a bicycle is momentarily happy, blissfully unaware of the lifetime of poverty and struggle ahead. Why not kill that child and make its last moment a happy moment? Why not take that child out of life while he or she is still enjoying it?

And if it is kinder to kill kids rather than let them grow up to die of malnutrition or in an automobile accident, then surely it is a good idea to hunt adults who are already suffering. There are too many people in America for too few jobs and that means hunger and desperation, and those conditions combined mean crime, mayhem and murder. Instead of extending health care to these people, thereby keeping more of them alive (upwards of forty-five thousand a year who are now dying without health care) and exacerbating the overpopulation problem, why not hunt them and "cull the herd"?


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