"And it still takes great skill to shoot an animal with a rifle, or a
bow." --- A study conducted by the Oklahoma Fish and Wildlife Agencies
found that approximately 50% of deer that were shot (with bow) were
never recovered. Some deer survived for up to 5-7 days before succumbing
to their wounds. Despite widespread practice by bowhunters and their
usual pride in their personal accuracy, "71% to 82% of all shots taken
missed" and "shot placement is, for all practical purposes, random."
"May I ask if you have totally abstained from all animal products?" ---
I live a totally vegan lifestyle - as best I can at this time. Please
don't tell me that even when I breathe I kill life during the
inhale-exhale cycle. I am working on that- right now I do the best I
"Hunting is a natural part of life." --- You have a choice to kill animals or to not kill animals.
"Do you object when people "purposely plan" a plant's death? Why is
there opposition to killing animals and not plants?" --- Humans need to
eat to survive. Eating as low as possible from the food chain is more
humane than eating animals. The plants-are-alive-and-have-feelings-too
argument is regularly presented in an attempt to justify eating animal
Use most of your great hunting skills and not harm an animal - yet earn a
beautiful trophy to show-off to your friends. Wildlife photography.
So your stats agree that it takes skill to shoot a deer. Even with a rifle.
I wouldn't have argued that you kill by breathing. But do you kill
insects that enter your house? How about the ticks and things that
attache themselves to pets? Why is the line drawn where it is?
Why are plants okay and animals aren't?
Having a picture of an animal rather than, say, a set of antlers is
about the same as having a picture of a house and actually owning a
house. It is the same as winning a car race on a video game and winning
that race in real life. There is hardly any comparison.
Although I like your attempt at flattery.