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uh, yeah, hunting!
I don't hunt, and I don't ever intend to because, basically, it sounds kind of dumb. As it stands currently, it's also full of gross reinforcements of stereotypes about men (according to the totally not-biased media I consume).
But I don't actually agree with banning hunting, or that it's cruel*. In fact, on some level maybe I'm just infatuated with the romantic vision of the sensitive hunter guy! A lot of people also say it's not sustainable, and with echoes of Mao's Four Pest Campaign I would kind of be along this line, but I mean maintaining populations in order to hunt them is totally a thing.
Mainly, my arguement about refusing to ban hunting comes from a weirdly simple place. As human beings, we are quick to forget, and this time around we've already had ample time to forget that the world is not and will never become a kind place where all the animals get along. We merely sit at the top of the food chain (and I think that's also okay!) because we won that spot. So, at the very least, all (or most) of us having that background noise in the world, that some insane people like to go out into the woods or desert or whatever to kill animals for sport/food/tacky mantlepieces (in a sustainable way!) is important because it reminds us of that.
*I guess hunting is cruel but it's probably less so vs. all the animals we raise for food. I mean, aside from decreasing the amount of beef for slaughter to reduce greenhouse gas emissions I don't think we're doing anything wrong on that front either.
My question is; do I sound insane?