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I feel no guilt nor did it affect me as I killed the little fellow. No adrenaline rush, no nothing. Just pure cold killing.
Native Americans in Western New York hunted for subsistence; animal meat was a complement to foods gathered and grown. However, they displayed a tremendous amount of respect for the animals they killed. According to Daniel K. Richter in The Ordeal of the Longhouse, the Iroquois believed that all things had spiritual power and could harm or help humans as they desired. Animals could provide nourishment for humans, but they had to be respected first (24).
The Iroquois, for example, would not allow an animal's body to touch the ground after it had been skinned. Such an act was considered disrespectful, and they feared that if the animal's spirit became offended it would not allow its body to be "taken" (Waugh 131).
Many Iroquois crafts might be seen as an attempt to connect with the spirits in nature, and thus gain their favor. They often used animal products like shell or bone in their crafts, or made carvings shaped in animals' likenesses
Why the Raccoon Washes his Food and Wears a Mask," "Greedy Fawn and the Magic Chestnut," "Why Crows Steal Corn and Have No Home" (Ha-yen-doh-nees).... animals functioned as teachers in Seneca Indian society. As Cayuga Chief Jacob Thomas puts it, "Remember that animals know more than we do" (Thomas 129). Native Americans clearly placed a good deal of stock in the wisdom of the animals that surrounded them.
In part of Basic Call to Consciousness, a moving piece written for the meeting of the Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations in Geneva, 1977, the leaders of the Six Nations Iroquois urge the world to consider the plight of nature in today's world.
"We believe that all living things are spiritual beings," the leaders declare, a statement which sums up the Native American view of animals as sacred. Describing the influence of European colonizers on the Americas, the leaders complain, "Over one hundred forty species of birds and animals were utterly destroyed... largely because they were unusable in the eyes of the invaders.
“Human beings are abusing one another as well as the planet they live on.
The destruction of the natural world is a clear indication of mankind’s spiritual poverty...Hundreds of species of birds and animals have been utterly destroyed since the Europeans arrived in America...The forests have been leveled, the waters polluted, the native peoples subjected to genocide...Western technology and the people who have employed it have been the most amazingly destructive forces in all of human history....
“The way of life known as Western civilization is on a death path, and its culture has no viable answers.
The appearance of plutonium on this planet is the clearest of signals that our species is in trouble. It is a signal that most Westerners have chosen to ignore.
“We, Natives, think even the systems of weather are changing. Our ancient teaching warned us that if man interfered with the natural laws, these things would come to be.
When the last of the Natural Way of Life is gone, all hope for human survival will be gone with it. And our Way of Life is fast disappearing, a victim of the destructive processes of so-called progress.
“We know that there are many people in the world who can quickly grasp the intent of our message.
But experience has taught us that there are few that are willing to seek out a method for moving toward any real change. But if there is a future for all beings on this planet, we must begin seeking avenues of change.
“The people who are living on this planet need to break with the narrow concepts of human liberation and begin to see liberation as something that needs to be extended to the whole of the Natural World
Originally posted by Bonkrh
personally i am loathing the day that i have to shoot or trap my own game for food. i have had normal pets along with the ones found in wild like ducks and rabbits and as sappy as it sounds i cant see myself killing another living thing. but i guess time will tell.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
"The predator does not mourn for his prey."
I don't remember who said that but it is apt. You had a need for food, maybe not at the moment, but in the near future. You fulfilled that need by taking a duck. You killed it quickly and cleanly, and you used the duck for your needs. That's called nature. Had you not taken the duck, another animal would have.
You should feel remorse if you kill for fun. You should feel remorse if you kill slowly and painfully. Those are the signs of problems.
So don't feel bad. It's natural. Humans are omnivores. Humans are predators.
"The predator does not mourn for his prey."
Don't feel bad! My favorite food is deer jerky. Now how am I gonna get that without killing a deer?
Originally posted by michael1983l
No adrenaline rush, no nothing. Just pure cold killing. Now that makes me feel uncomfortable.