Thrill of the Hunt

by | Apr 17, 2004

Q: What do you think of hunting and killing animals? And should it be legal? A: Frankly, I find it rather depraved to hunt and kill animals for the sake of sport. Don’t misunderstand. Animals don’t have human rights and human beings have a right to kill animals, either for sport or to eat. But […]

Q: What do you think of hunting and killing animals? And should it be legal?

A: Frankly, I find it rather depraved to hunt and kill animals for the sake of sport.

Don’t misunderstand. Animals don’t have human rights and human beings have a right to kill animals, either for sport or to eat. But I don’t see the psychological value in killing animals for sport. There are far more constructive hobbies available, including but not limited to: sports; hiking; stamp and coin collecting; reading; golfing; gardening — the list is endless.

I can’t understand what a hunter gets out of hunting for sport. It seems to me that it has something to do with the value of power over the more vulnerable, which raises a question about why such a motivation is present in a person.

Raising animals to sell, as done on cattle and chicken farms, is a perfectly legitimate business and I understand the motivation of making a profit. I don’t understand the motivation in loving to kill an animal for the mere sake of it. Most of us would roundly condemn a person who tortures or kills a cat or a dog; why the double standard with a less domesticated animal?

On a political note, I can’t help but notice that the President so beloved of animal rights advocates and other silly liberals — Bill Clinton — openly advocated restricting guns for human self-defense while freely allowing guns for the purpose of hunting, which he personally enjoyed. It’s just another example of how things are incredibly backwards in this society today.

Dr. Michael Hurd is a psychotherapist, columnist and author of "Bad Therapy, Good Therapy (And How to Tell the Difference)" and "Grow Up America!" Visit his website at: www.DrHurd.com.

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