Exploring the Ethics of Hunting
Monte Burke, a writer and blogger over at Forbes.com, has posted up an entry about his first big game hunt and the ethics that he wrestled with after killing his first elk. He has titled the entry I Killed An Elk. Am I A Murderer? a provocative title for any hunter, but none the less it's a worthwhile read. Specifically he takes us through his hunting story and comes to grips with the taking of life as a necessary component of hunting, something that any self respecting hunter has come to terms with in the course of their hunting journeys.
What's interesting about the post though is his willingness to try to rationalize the killing of game with the modern animal rights movement. By reviewing his relationship with the outdoors, the animal rights movement, and the need for conservation he comes up with his own perspective on the morality of hunting.
There is a paradox here that is hard to wrap your head around, but is nonetheless true (for me, anyway): those most apt to hunt and fish for game are those most apt to work to save said fish and game. And without the folks trying to catch and kill game, there would be no game to catch and kill. Regan and Katz both agree that fishing and hunting groups do some good in this manner, but both expressed that in an ideal world people wouldn’t need to hunt or fish to fight for the well-being of an animal.