Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only
one to whom the torture and death of his
fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.
James Anthony Froude
While researching videos for my
blog I stumbled
shocking video below of the slaughter of
wild hog referred to as hunting.
images of the shooting of wild hog that many people
will find upsetting – if you don’t please
yourself why not?
This is a difficult and shocking video to watch for many
people including myself. You do not need to watch more
than a few moments to get the gist of what is happening.
I could not complete watching this video, it was just
too painful. It is absolutely appalling that modern
nations allow such barbarity.
Though Google translator is of course not accurate and
leaves much to be desired it is obvious that most of the
comments are sickening also.
Someone questions why the commenter who complained was
watching in the first place. Maybe because You Tube now
introduce a continuous stream of videos after the one
you have selected, and if you don’t happen to cancel
and leave your computer for a while you may well find
you return to some really shocking footage, often only
vaguely related if at all to the video you originally
It shocks me in the extreme that there
are those among us who get pleasure from the murder of
helpless and defenceless animals and moreover such
people have no shame or conscience and delight in
showing off their cruelty and that You Tube are happy to
allow such scenes of wanton animal abuse to be accessed
from their website. Furthermore it is shocking that in
the modern world thatthere
is no single country that outlaws entirely the hunting
and killing of the other species with whom we share this
world in the name of “Sport”.
Here in the UK in August and October the hunting season
for many animals is in full swing with grouse shooting
commencing on August 12th and pheasant shooting on
October 1st… and of course many creatures such as
rabbits can be killed at any time. Millions of lives
lost to satisfy the perverted and sickening pleasure of
a minority, though if you noticed the number of viewers
of the above video, which is over 4 million, it does
seem that it is more than just a few who at least enjoy
vicariously the “thrill” of the hunt by watching these
Not only do countries the world over refuse to ban all
forms of hunting many politicians such as here in the UK
desperately try to overturn laws that prohibit certain
types of hunting, most notably fox-hunting. It took
eighty years to get this evil “sport” banned yet Cameron
and many of his ilk desperately continue their quest to
get this barbarous form of hunting reinstated.
We will never have a peaceful world while we allow
others to kill non human animals. The killing of other
creatures is a desensitizing process taking those so
inclined closer to taking the life of a human being, not
to imply that a non human animal’s life is less
valuable. Quite the contrary, to my way of thinking all
life is of value, the life of any animal is important to
that animal as our lives are important to us, and that
includes insects and other tiny creatures. To wantonly
kill any animal for sheer pleasure is barbaric and
should have no place in modern societies.
Time to end
hunting, all hunting. It is not about taking away
freedom, it about what is right. No one should be free
to harm anyone else whether the victim is a human or a
non human animal. Consider the following quotation fromPeter
Singer, an Australian moral philosopher most
well known for his book Animal Liberation.
“In an earlier stage of
our development most human groups held to a tribal
ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people
of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one
pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded,
but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include
blacks. So African human beings could be captured,
shipped to America and sold. In Australia white settlers
regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much
as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have
progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era
of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress
beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory
farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools,
of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter and the
destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step
in expanding the circle of ethics.”
When will we ever take this final step.
It does though sadly have to be said that it is
uncertain that we “… have entirelyprogressed
beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery
significant improvement has been achieved. Nonetheless
racism continues to blight our moral progress.
Concerning the final step, speciesism ,the banning of
hunting worldwide would be significant progress.
There appears to be no international organisation whose
goal is to ban all forms of hunting outright worldwide.
Here in the UK the League Against Cruel Sports is
dedicated to getting rid of hunting here in the UK and
also targets campaigns worldwide.
Why not click the link below and see how you can help
The League is a charity that brings together people who
want to stop cruelty to animals in the name of sport.
Established in 1924, we successfully use lawful
investigations, campaigning and lobbying to make a
difference in the UK and around the world.
I am not an
animal expert of any kind just your average person who
loves animals, all animals, and feels deeply about the
plight of many of our fellow creatures. Neither am I a
writer, or any other expert. Therefore please keep in
mind that the information included in this website has
been researched to the best of my ability and any
misinformation is quite by accident but of course