i'm not a vegetarian. but i think there is a difference between killing a wild bear and a captive cow. I'm not opposed to killing animals, and indeed sometimes it is necessary because of overpopulation.
i've taken care of cows. cows are dumb as a rock. they don't have meaningful relationships. they go around being cows, eating and pooping, until one day someone hits them on the head real good. then we cut all the food off of them.
bears are beautiful. they're smart and depending on the kind of bear they're social, and curious. this may be an artificial or superficial line to make, but it's the same one that makes it easy to squash an ant, and hard to kill a dog.
there's a reason we shy away from killing whales and horses and dogs and dolphins. killing a bear, to me, falls in that category.
either way what really, really, bugs me about this whole thing, isn't even killing the bear. I can imagine good people, with different beliefs than mine, going out and killing a bear. but the way this image was just posted on twitter with the grins and everything, just makes it seem as if they didn't really care about this bear at all.
i've known hunters, and all of them have extreme respect for the animals they kill and extreme humility and thankfulness for nature, and animals in general. killing a bear should not be "oh hey, look what i did today" or "look at me, i'm such a man" or anything even remotely close. maybe it was just a clumsy move, but to me this oozes trophy killing.
what did this bear die for? food? booth ate the bear? or did this help booth's subsistence in any way? did it help anyone else's? or was it just a fun day out, coulda went out bowling but instead i shot a bear, look at me i'm so awesome?
I agree with you about the end. I find it kind of uncomfortable that they're just smiling and having a good time while a dead animal is lying in front of them. Heck, Maybe i just dont have the same mindset as a hunter.
IMO, the only "humane" time to kill an animal is if its for self defence. Or overpopulation i guess. Or if its a threat. Clearly, Booth didnt seem like he was the one being hunted.
I dont hate Booth or hunters by any means, but i just dont understand them.
Though the part i dont agree with you is the Cow and the Bear. Yes, the Cow is dumb and the Bear is smart. But it doesnt mean that the Bear can be treated better than the Cow. And thats what it disgusts me, our society today pratically focus on protecting the "pretty" animals (that you mentioned above) first. Thats like saying "The beautiful people are top priority, son dont care about the ugly ones yet". See something wrong with it?
BTW, I also eat meat. So I'm at fault too. I just dont like the way the animals, that we eat, are being killed and kept captive.
Edited by soshified, 01 May 2012 - 09:06 PM.