it is not about hunting for food ... it is about cattle, swine, foul, etc. that are raised in masses. The amount of food that goes into raising them
to 'eatin' age could feed many more people for a long time versus the fewer people on a one time meal.
I worked in a slaughterhouse (well, the processing side of it). The amount of power and fuel required to run that place is quite a bit.
So, we have ... a massive amount of feed for a lot of animals. The fuel to supply the transportation of the food source. The fuel for transporting
the animal. The fuel for the trucks that just move refrigerated trailers around the lot once packed. The energy required to keep those trailers
cool, keep the freezers cold (the whole processing side is near freezing), the fuel for electricity for lights, compressors (lots of air powered saws
of various sizes), it goes on and on.
When I was there, they weren't at full speed from U.S. meats being banned (mad cow disease) at the time ... still managed a couple thousand a day.
That was just one facility and I could see a huge environmental cost.
I am actually a vegetarian after working there, once you see what goes on, it is less appealing, and the smell is never the same.
Some people don't think the Hybrids are ugly, and ... they aren't 40,000. Most can be purchased around 20,000 ... even the Prius, but, once you
add options ... the Prius has a 10,000 package, that doesn't include everything. I personally liked the look of the Insight. I drive a Civic
Hybrid which I paid under 20,000 for and average around 50 mpg (lowest 36 mpg highest 88 mpg on a tank of fuel heavy city traffic/red lights/steep
hills vs open highway). Compare that to most of the vehicles I used to own ... one got 9 mpg (Pontiac 400 ci big block), to 12 mpg (chevy 350), 17
mpg (Mercury 6 cyl), to 21 mpg (Mazda rotary/wankel). I would say, hybrids save me quite a bit of gas over a year.
There is a lot people can do ... reduce consumption on all levels. Just altering the way you drive and proper vehicle maintenance can greatly
increase you mileage (less gas, less brake). Using efficient things in your home. Start your own garden and grow your own fruit and veggies can help
Even if we aren't the main cause of the problem, it sure wouldn't hurt to be responsible instead of wasteful. It can save you money ... what
better reason than that!
If you use all of what you kill, kudos. If you hunt for sport, well, you are silly IMHO ... how about we play a hunting game ... go to africa
without a gun and see which animal wins ... the human or one of the others. Maybe a monkey will use your head as a trophy on its branch. Big
difference between being a survivalist and being a moron. Though I don't like hunting at all, if you do it with the proper intentions, then I don't
Al Gore does some things that seem to go against the grain of his statements, but, he thinks he has made up for it by buying those carbon ticket
things. I agree though, a smaller house and being more efficient would better suit his cause and look better. Reducing his meat consumption and
growing his own food would too. Does he do what is feasible for his lifestyle and not so extreme others in his 'bracket' would find it hard to
match? No. It is a start, but it definitely isn't the perfect example. The problem is, the anti-environment people complain he doesn't do enough,
yet they do nothing ... if he did more, he would be labeled a extremist ... where is the proper middle ground for him to satisfy each extreme? Rich
people are not going to live in poverty, but, they will buy fluorescent bulbs and hybrids. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes.
Remember, we are all human. Give people a break sometimes. Consider what you would do in their positions with their passions. This world isn't
black and white, and this world isn't meant to cater to any single person in particular ... though we should all consider what we can do to better
the world we all share and your children with inherit. Even if the warming is nature not humans ... do you still need to pollute the air and water?
I hope not, I like going for a walk and breathing fresh air and taking a sip from a stream. I don't care for seeing or breathing smog and drinking
I do have a question ... wildlife reproduced without our interference for quite some time, why do we now need to control it? Is it because we have
taken all the land and put concrete and steel on top of it? So ... by destroying the wetlands and forests, we created the population problem, which
isn't really a problem, but, animal refugees that had their homes decimated. I think if we built up and down, more than out and around ... a lot of
those problems wouldn't exist.
Most people aren't eating wild animals, so, the whole vegan issue is moot when it comes to the population control which you inferred.
Seems that humans are the problem
Maybe we do need to colonize Mars and the Moon ... then we could let this ecosystem repair itself and visit its
beauty and appreciated it. Cover the barren rocks in space with cities ... no problems, right? Pollute, destroy, etc. as much as you want, since,
they say there is no life out there. The problem is, the life here doesn't have a say ... even the humans if they disagree with pollution and
Remember, blaming the animals for problems we create isn't fair. That is why surfers don't get mad at the sharks for biting them, I have heard them
say on the news, they were invading the sharks territory. Just like overpopulation and starvation is our fault ... since we reduced their landspace
... so ... what better way to fix it than to kill them ... well, people are overpopulated and starving (and inbreeding
), why not do the same
You don't have to go overboard to make a difference, just one little step at a time. Do what you can. Don't blame others for being passionate
about saving the planet, someone has too. I admire their enthusiasm. I just do what I can personally and within my limits and boundaries. I still
have my toys and thrills.