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I'm not opposed to hunting, as long as the hunters are responsible & eat what they kill. What offended me is the same as SM, the way the gators are hunted. It also didn't sound like the man was planning on eating what he killed, he was more interested in the "trophy" aspects of it. Trophy hunting bothers me. It also made me sad thinking the poor gator was minding his own business, relaxing in his environment, not bothering anyone, when he was hooked & drug up to the boat, fighting it all the way, where he was shot in the head. I come from a family of farmers, people who lived off the land, so I understand where the food I eat comes from. I just don't want to think about it while I'm eating it...may just turn me into a vegetarian & I really don't want to be one!
I guess I never realized that there were so many people opposed to hunting in South Texas. I understand that people are appalled to hear that after you "hook" a gator, one duct tapes it's (powerful) jaws closed and shoot it in the head. I can see how that sounds inhumane. But even the great Croc Hunter, Steve Irwin used duct tape on the crocs he had to deal with. Yeah yeah, I know it's not the duct tape one is objecting to. I've been hunting before. I don't like it because I have to be quiet and that ain't easy for me. I don't like to get up early and sit in a cold deer blind, and because I am a woman, I don't like to have to pee outdoors. ( you men love it though). I went hog hunting with my husband during the first year of our marriage. We were being "sportsmanlike"... we used our bow & arrows. Well, the way my husband hunts for hogs is, he has a 30 foot stand, which is basically a 30 foot tripod with a ladder and a plastic seat on top. I'm afraid of heights. I found out I'm afraid of hogs, too! Especially those that are as big as Volkswagons! Incidently, hubby never invited me hunting again. For those people who are vegeterians and vegans, good for you! But broccolli has feelings too! But you won't find many people protesting at the salad bar now will you? To each his own. If it is legal to hunt alligators, let it be. It's called "Wildlife Management". I don't want to, but I'm not going to judge someone who does. I'll eat wild hog, venison, buffalo, nalgi, dove, quail, duck or what have you. I like beef, chicken and pork (domestic). I don't feel that it makes me a bad person to enjoy it. Jesus ate meat.
Littlebluebook, you had yourself a vegetarian secretary but certainly not a vegan secretary! Vegans do not eat ANY animal products, even those that do not require the killing of animals - eggs, cheese, yogurt, etc. Vegans can eat soy cheese, but I've never heard of any Whataburger offering that option.
BTW I was born and raised in Victoria and nobody in my immediate family hunts.
GO LBB. Wait until someone's dog, or heaven forbid-their kid, gets snapped up by a gator and see what they holler about then.