That is a quote from Gary Paulson via the podcast Barnes and Noble: Meet the Authors.
(Here is a link to the interview by the way, which is really, really good as it dishes on Paulson's early life growing up in TRF and his dear friend/father figure, Nuts Myers, whose death was the inspiration for his book (now out of print) Winterkill. The podcast is #103).
He is talking about how hunting - as he sees it - is a rite of passage for young people, up to age 13 or so. Then you should "hunt" with a camera and seek to preserve wildlife.
Personally, as someone who has relatives and friends who hunt deer, fowl, and maybe a bear once in awhile, I don't see the harm in hunting "small" game, but killing large game? Especially of the endangered (or soon to be endangered) kind? Well, I find that pathetic.
I think that is done because the hunter has a small penis and is trying to compensate. Well, I'm taking that from Freud.
When I read that a dentist from Minnesota was responsible to killing a lion simply for its head, well, I think he is trying to compensate for other issues . . .
The sad part is, this lion brought in far more money via tourism to the park than the rich dentist paid to "hunt" it ($50,000). Unfortunately, he is not the only coward.
This guy makes Francis Macomber (of the Hemingway classic "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber") seem like a downright hero.
I see now that I'm not the only one to make the Freudian link.
The Big Dogs on KJ108 had a bit on it recently.
Here is Kimmel on it too.
And, of course, the jester of all things old, white, redneck and pissed off, Ted Nugent has to sound off.
Hunting is essential. I wouldn't argue that point. But endangered animals? Maybe when all of the stories about the overpopulations of rhinos and lions and all the savaging of the population that they cause, then they could be hunted as we hunt deer.
If you want to hunt a legit lion in the wild with a bow and arrow. Awesome. Just don't bait it and lure it out of its sanctuary. If you want to try and reel in a great white from surf board - or at most a canoe - I'm all for it. But don't chum for them and then kill them from the safety of your boat. I wouldn't call that sport.
There are two sides to every story. Here is one that looks at the negative aspects of big game hunts.
And now I just found this wonderful quote -
“Our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings. We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity’.”