Here's the thing. In my state of Pennsylvania, every year, schools are closed on the first day of deer season. I cant drive down the road without seeing a bloody carcass laying in the back of someone's pickup truck this time of the year.

Have you ever wondered why we still hunt? Or better yet, why do we do it for fun? Scientifically speaking, we our omnivores and  hunting wild game is not necessary. Especially considering all of the processed foods that we have today. I'm not going to lie..I love venison. lol I just find it completely ridiculous to actually make a sport out of hunting.

There are various reasons most people give for going out hunting this time of the year. Most people say it is to enjoy nature. My thoughts are...cant you enjoy nature without killing it? People often go hunting because of family tradition, or maybe just the thrill of it all. you know, as if being a complex being with a gun is a fair fight.

Also, I find it a little disturbing how desensitized people are to killing living things. We are all living things, what makes a human more sacred? And what is it about the human mind that gets pleasure out of making the kill? Is it an acomplishment? A right of passage? Probably. Personally, I just think that it goes to show us how barbaric we as humans still are. Some of us in particular have a lot more evolving to do.

Here's something else. I find it interesting how our government gets to make a profit off of our licenses to go hunting every year. The department of conservation even says that hunting is necessary to control the population of wild game. What exactly are they afraid of? Natural balance? Why do they feel that we have to play god?

I used to go hunting. I grew up into it. Every male member of my father's side of the family has been hunting ever since they were twelve years old, and until recently, I was no exception. I never really liked it. not because I'm vegan, or obsessed with animal rights or anything, I just never enjoyed getting up early in the morning and freezing my ass off in the woods for hours on end. That's another point. What kind of hunting is it when all you have to do is sit there with a loaded firearm? ah, but I am getting off of the subject again. anyway, the reason I went hunting when I was younger was because of our family tradition, but mostly because my father worked a lot of hours and the only time I got to spend with him, were our hunting trips to the cabin.

Well, that was my rant for now..I'm sure I'll have more to add later.

I'm looking forward to everyone's opinion on this mater.

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In Doug's case, he's a "lady killer".

I used to hunt, until the Army made me a hunter of men. I don't hunt anymore.

killing to eat it would be fine

killing just for sake of killing no.

And that's nothing but your opinion and has absolutely no basis for proving it's objectively wrong.

You keep making this point, so now you have me curious.  What qualifies as objective proof that something is immoral or wrong?  On the flip side, what could objectively prove that it's moral or right?  For example, hypothetically speaking, what would prove that hunting is objectively right or wrong?

That's the point. You can't objectively prove it's wrong. You can merely state your opinion, and an opinion shouldn't dictate what others are legally allowed to do; and if you reference to nature, it proves you wrong, so there isn't a way to even begin to prove it's immoral.

Okay, a few more questions just to be sure I understand.  It seems that you do not believe that you can ever objectively prove that hunting is morally wrong, and I do not disagree with you.  However, for your point to be valid in this debate we must agree that laws are based on objective morality, and that is where I fail to understand your point.
My question to you: Are laws based on an objective moral truth?  If so, what behaviors are objectively wrong, and what does the measure of wrongness look like?  Finally, why is hunting different than those behaviors that you find immoral?

Laws are in place to regulate behavior, mostly to avoid behavior which is deemed harmful to society but also to promote behavior which is beneficial.

As such, how would a ban on hunting benefit society?

A religious society bases its laws on morality (moral "truth"). A secular society bases its laws on reason.

And there's no way to truly say why hunting is wrong other than feelings, which is what morality is based on.

Not quite correct, morality is based on actions, not feelings (or thoughts, for those of us who are led by thoughts and not feelings).

I distinguish between morality, based on prescriptions like The 10 Commandments or The Golden Rule, and ethics, based on reason and evidence.


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