There is simply no justification, no reason, no purpose to the hunting of animals. Hunting is the moral equivalent of murder. Either all lives matter or no lives matter.
“Bragging rights” are not a sufficient motive for the taking of life.
“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
― Ellen DeGeneres
In today’s world, with smartphones and cameras with high pixel count, the only trophy anyone needs is a picture.
Taking a picture preserves the moment a beautiful animal is seen. Unlike hunting which ends the life of a beautiful animal. Needlessly. Such as this deer hunter.
The deer is beautiful. The deer is an gentle herbivore. The deer deserves life.
The hunter has many options for food. Killing a deer should not be one of them.
“Sure, some find gunning down unsuspecting, innocent animals to be a real hoot. I mean, for Christ sake, they mantle the decapitated, formaldehyde-stuffed heads on the wall. Then, of course, there are the people who enjoy putting sunglasses or hats on it, even putting a blowout in its mouth as if it were an avid party animal. If it had any hands, there would surely be a plastic cup full of cheap beer in it, as well. We can’t forget that it would be named some horrendous name, such as Bill or Frank, something so plain, ordinary, and down-right ridiculous that makes me want to bitch-slap the perpetrators. ”
― Chase Brooks
The deer is not the only wild animal that needs to fear the hunter.
“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.”
― Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf