I love animals. Especially the tasty ones.
I make such statements to boil the blood of the enviroweenies. They have neither logic nor a sense of humor. Irking PETA is about as easy as shooting, well . . . you follow. I don’t even have to speak to annoy a liberal. All I have to do post a picture of my Remington pump-action .870 shotgun. Said shotgun has been taken on many a dove and duck hunt. I also point my Winchester .243 at hogs regularly. One day I hope to shoot a deer. Of these animals — dove, duck, deer, hogs — I only hate the hogs. If you met a feral hog, you would too.
This is why the current Hollywood distraction non-drama over Jennifer Lawrence expressing her opinion about PETA amuses me greatly. (Nolte’s got it covered on the Bigs.) The PETA enviroweenies cannot fathom how I can both love nature/animals and be a hunter, so I’ll try to break it down.
1. It starts with my belief in God and how God is in control of all. I love nature because it proclaims God’s power and imagination. Intelligent Design for the win!
2. God’s Book both A) makes a distinction between mankind and animals and B) allows for the eating of animals.
3. Hunting is good for the environment. It’s part of nature’s balance in animal populations. Deer would overrun North America if not for deer season. I also hunt predator species to protect the deer from dying out. Feral hogs are causing billions of dollars of damage to farmland. You know, farmland, where we grow food for people.
4. In general, hunters care enough to follow the rules. Sure, there are bad seeds in every group, but hunters pay their taxes to hunt (licenses), follow the rules (following the seasons and limits), and voluntarily work to preserve and conserve natural habitats (see Ducks Unlimited for one example).
The last thing I want to do is injure a beautiful buck and then have to stomp miles through the woods to find it. I shoot to kill instantly because it’s humane. PETA is the hypocrite. They claim to protect all animals and then euthanize thousands every year. So tell the hunters, PETA, is killing animals wrong or not? Or is it only wrong when it’s politically convenient for you to call it wrong?
I hunt because I love the challenge. Animals have better senses than us. They can see you, smell you, and hear you before you’ll ever know they are there. I love getting up early, sitting still for hours listening to the world wake up, hoping, waiting and watching for an animal to come. It’s peaceful. There’s no city noise, no distractions; just a sunrise or sunset.
I don’t relish the death of anything. It’s a fact of life that eventually all living things die. If you don’t want to hunt, I respect your choice not to. In fact, I won’t even ask you to pay for my ammo because Americans shouldn’t be forced to fund things they don’t believe in. But it’s my 2nd Amendment right to own arms, it’s lawful for me to hunt in the state of Texas given I follow their rules, and if I think PETA is a bunch of weenie hypocrites. It’s also my 1st amendment right to believe that and say so! I’ll even support the rights of actors to voice their opinions from any end of the political spectrum — from Adam Baldwin to Alec Baldwin.
I’m just glad to know after America goes bankrupt and our civilization collapses, I’ll still be able to eat meat. Pass the A1.