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Chris (mullibok) wrote,
@ 2003-12-09 21:15:00
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    All of the death, none of the skill (May require registration)

    This fall, more than 10 million Americans went hunting. Some met with success, maybe even managing to bring home some ducks or geese or a deer. Of those who returned empty-handed, many did so with the knowledge that a fair hunt comes with no guarantees.

    A growing number of people, however, are embracing a different set of rules -- they're taking part in hunts that are largely rigged. In the United States, there are at least 4,000 "canned hunting" operations, where people may pay thousands of dollars to pursue trophy animals that have little chance to escape. Bird-shooting operations offer pheasants, quail, partridges and mallard ducks, sometimes dizzying the birds and planting them in front of hunters or tossing them from towers toward waiting shotguns.
    But canned hunting is more than crass -- it's cruel. Animals are sometimes drugged, shot in their cages or at a feeder, or killed slowly with spears.

    "Guess what honey? I poked a drugged animal to death today! An exotic one!"
    "Oh dear, the manly way you kill defenseless creatures makes me so hot! Take me now!"

    Unfeeling bastards. Let's try that on you and see how well you like it. I wonder how all the hunters from my days at high school would feel about this. I'm hoping they'd be as disgusted as me.

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