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Killing innocent animals for sport, very sick.
I know that I will be proud of my boys when they drag their first kills home for me to cook up. There is a certain respect that you have for an animal that you have harvested yourself versus one that has been bought from a grocer case wrapped in plastic.
Everybody has to eat something. Some people devote their lives to feeding themselves instead of letting the government do it for them. To each their own.
Big, tough hunter shooting animals that can't shoot back. Whoopee ding. Nothing to be proud of.
It's quite sad that the government & media continues to give recreational and professional hunting a bad name. This only leads to a large majority of the public becoming misinformed and uneducated about the topic.
The Australian government spends millions of dollars in poisoning, culling & other attempts to eradicate feral animals each year. This is a quote from the Herald Sun, "Victorian Government hiring four shooters from New Zealand - and their dogs - to come to the high country of East Gippsland last year to shoot 23 feral goats. And paying them $42,000." The Victorian government is willing to pay $1,826.08 for each goat culled and how are they funding these culling operations? With tax payers money, and recreational hunters like my son are willing to pay for the right to hunt & eradicate these pests. Hunters aren't the enemy, hunters are part of our communities and a big part of conservation.
Some of you think hunting is cruel & barbaric, but I'm here to tell you that that is far from the truth. An Olympic sprinter runs 100m in 9 seconds, wild animals are a lot quicker & after the shot they usually only run 20-45m. That means the animals are unconscious after 3-5 seconds due to the loss of blood. After that the can not feel anything, just like when you're in surgery. The moments after they collapse & become unconscious is where their nervous system is shutting down (they might have spasms like in the video but they aren't in pain). This method in my opinion isn't cruel, but rather a more humane way to die considering our government uses methods that have been banned in every country except NZ & Australia.
The Australian & New Zealand government use 1080 poison baits to kill its feral & pest animals. This takes days to kill, in most cases the animal #s blood for hours on end until its muscles become so weak it can not stand. In the final hours of the animal life it has agonising muscle spasms which often breaks bones. Animals are dying like this every day and no one bats an eye. The media won't write articles about it because these methods are supported by the government & anti-hunting organisations. How can we live in a world where this is acceptable and responsible law abiding hunters & firearm owners are ridiculed for knowing right from wrong?