(you kno shit gets real when you start typing in a perfect english way)
Before you read this, know that this might get a little controversial for some tastes, since in this journal, I'm going to be heavily criticizing veganism as well as vegetarianism- or at least, some common motives behind those two lifestyles. I'll also be mentioning about many misunderstandings as far as hunting concerns.
Now, let's just keep this short because otherwise I'll be typing for days on end.
People who often times choose to become vegan/vegetarian are often times people who pity animals and therefore, eat as little animal products as possible so that they get this idea that some animals are at least saved. Logical enough. However, this motive alone is filled with ignorance. To think that no blood will be on one's hands only because they scrap meat from their diet? Well sir, where do you think your cropses come from? Let's just keep it short: what many people probably do know, but choose to not see, is that, in order to grow crops, a huge amount of land is needed to do so. The animals that live in such lands? Well good sir, too bad for them, we'll be needing it to grow crosps here! What about the rabbits that bury underneath all those precious crosps? Well, they often times get gassed, or poisouned. Whatever's more sufficient at the time. Insects? Poisouned obviously. And so on, and so on.
''I'm vegan/vegetarian because I feel sorry for animals. Animals aren't there to suffer for us, even though we're omnivors. People who think otherwise are evil.''
No matter what you scrap and keep on your diet, your hands still will be stained with animal blood. Eating meat from the meat industry? Your hands will be soaked with it. Eating no meat at all? I'm afraid still not animal-friendly, sir.
Best way to go if you keep animal welfare in mind. Because, eating meat from a hunted deer, for instance, enables you to eat meat from an animal that has lived a well life. It's basically the same as eating ''biological meat'' (I honestly have no clue what it's called in english)- meat from farm animals that also have lived well lives. Except, with hunting you get to respect the animal you eat more. You also get to understand its value. Which is pretty neat, in my humble opinion. Basically, people create these ideas about hunters when watching certain Disney movies, or when reading bad news about certain species. What they do not know is, is that if there wasn't any hunting at all, this world would have been fucked already. Who else, now that predators are gone in Europe, will keep populations of deer in check, so that the local ecosystem keeps in balance? Same goes to foxes and coyotes, basically. Albino animals, too. Even more, this idea of, ''killing an albino animal is very evil because why would you want to kill such a beautiful creature?'' is filled with ignorance, ignorance, ignorance. Why you ask? Well, I, for one, would like to hunt down such a creature in order to prevent it from passing weak genes to its offsprings, and thus, damaging the gene pool. Albinos are very well known for having many prone diseases, such as many eye problems, bleeding disorders, lung diseases and kidney problems, just to sum up a few. Golly gosh it sure sounds great to pass those diseases to offsprings! As long as the magnificent creature that carries these diseases and problems is saved from hunters. A little side-note: trapping isn't all evil either. It only keeps the trapped animal in place, nothing more. The animal doesn't suffer pain at all. Another side-note: in fur industries, there's no such thing as skinning an animal alive, not even in China. A fun fact: films and images in which animals are being skinned alive are always taken by people who are paid by ''animal rights-organizations'' in order to skin animals alive. Basically. Just so that those animal rights-organizations can use those against fur farmers and many others. Basically. I only have to say ''PETA'' and things will fall into place. Honestly, do your research. It won't take long to find some reliable sources. Although, personally, I've got mixed feelings as far as fur farming concerns. For one, those animals kept in those farms cannot be released. Many fur farmers who did so, were faced with the problem that the animals they kept refused to go any farther away from the farms. Naturally, since that's their homes and they've never known anything else. For them, the wild would be a too scary of a world to peek into, and they will never survive it even if they did wander off. Hence my mixed feelings.
Now, how about hunting lions, for instance? Not bad either! Although, I won't tell you why. I'll just be copy/paste'ing the text of someone else, who also added some reliable sources to it!
''I’ve been seeing a lot of ignorance regarding the hunting of lions and other big game in the hunting tag recently.
Fact is, while you might not like it trophy hunting is a valuable tool for conserving wildlife and their habitat in Africa and many other countries around the world. Every year hundreds of millions of dollars are put directly into the conservation and protection of wildlife in Africa thanks to trophy hunters. Even the World Wildlife Fund supports well managed trophy hunting in Africa!
Most people have the wrong idea of trophy hunters. They assume the hunters can simply go out into the bush and shoot any animal they see. This is not the case! Licences for killing animals are strictly controlled, and hunters coming into Africa are taken around by a guide who will show them which individual animals the can kill and which they can’t. For big game species like lions these animals have already been selected beforehand, either because they are old, weak, sick, injured or causing problems for locals, such as killing livestock. These are animals that would die or be killed anyway, but by letting hunters to pay for the privilege it allows game parks to benefit from the animal’s death. The money earned from this can then go directly back into conserving the remaining animals, as well as boosting the local economy.
Giving these animals the status of game animal also offers the best protection possible. Without it they are little more then pests that are often ruthlessly trapped and poisoned by locals to protect livestock, and poached ruthlessly for their parts. The money from hunting is vital to fund protection schemes against poachers and give locals and intensive to allow the animals to remain.
Some of the highest populations of species like lions and elephants are found in places where they are actively hunted! In areas where hunting has been banned their numbers have declined dramatically as there is no longer enough funding to protect them.
When it comes to issues such as this your own feelings and beliefs are irrelevant. Do I like trophy hunting? No, but that doesn’t matter. We have to use whatever methods work if we want to save these animals for the future, and fact is properly regulated hunting is proven to work in many places.
Saving Lions By Killing Them
WWF - Hunting for Conservation
WWF Defends Elephant Hunting for Conservation
Hunting As A Conservation Tool
Trophy Hunting in the Context of Community Conservation
Trophy Hunting Can Help African Conservation, Study Says ''
Basically, yeah that's about it. I know that I should be sourcing my arguments as well as the arguments about hunting big game in Africa, but I'm running short on time here. With a little research you'll be able to find some reliable sources too! And remember, there's a difference between hunting and poaching. Poaching is something I am definitely against, but hunting really is something completeley different. Personally, I would never like to hunt big game either, but as that person has said, my emotions are irrelevant when it comes to such topics. As long as the animals can thrive, as I'd say.
(also wtf as if anyone's gonne read this haha)
EDIT WTF: when critizicing veganism as well as vegetarianism, i only meant to critizice people who're all like ''eatin meat is evul cuz animals mattur''!! nothing wrong with the lifestyle if you chose for it for health issues, preferences, religious reasons or, even if you believe that it's, well, at least more animal friendly than eating meat from the meat industry! gosh i didn't mean to sound like an asshole on this matter ;A; ! because, in the end, everyone is free to choose for what they prefer, and no one should be shamed upon for their choices!