Turn on the TV, log on to social media, or open any newspaper, and you’ll quickly see your freedom to hunt is under attack. But the enemy is not what you think it is.
While there will always be militant vegans and anti-hunters leading the charge against hunters, the biggest threat to our lifestyle is not extremism – it’s ignorance! Vegans and militant antis might be vocal, but they’re in the minority.
The vast majority of the global population treat animals as a commodity. They have no moral objection to fishing or farming for meat production. They eat meat or seafood every day and enjoy a good juicy steak as much as the next person.
Most people also wear or use animal products, and even participate in trophy hunting, albeit under a different name – shopping. Walk in to any high-end fashion or home furnishing store and you’ll see trophies proudly displayed on shelves and walls, often with exorbitant prices the masses are only too willing to pay.
They may even pick up a can of bug spray and exterminate a spider, or set a trap for a rat or mouse. Yet ask these same people what they think about hunters and hunting, and you’ll start to hear the negative rhetoric being regurgitated ad nauseam. “Hunting is murder. How can they possibly kill all those poor, beautiful animals?”
What about the meat eaters?
Even if you find someone who accepts that hunting for meat is okay, they will quickly tell you trophy hunting is evil and should be banned.
But scratch the surface and dig a little deeper into their opinions and it’s not hard to see that these opinions are formed out of ignorance not malice.
Let’s face it – most of the people who say they are against hunting don’t actually know much about hunting. Most have never even met a hunter in real life.
These days, society is so far removed from reality that the average citizen doesn’t even connect the steak on their plate or the leather shoes on their feet to a living, breathing animal. After all, all they did was go to the supermarket or store and pick it up. They’d never kill an animal!
It is this naïvety and ignorance that is the biggest threat to the future of hunting. But there is a way to fight back, and no, it doesn’t involve violence.
How we’re fighting back…
Our biggest weapon in this war is education.
The team at HuntShack have started filming a new TV series called I Am Hunter. The series offers an alternate voice to the anti-hunting and vegan propaganda. It challenges the negativity about hunting by addressing misconceptions and stereotypes. It uses education and advocacy to change the conversation about hunting and demonstrate the positive role ethical, fair-chase hunting plays in conservation and sustainable living.
Want to find out more about I Am Hunter and how you can help bring this project to life? Head to our I Am Hunter page and click on the link to read our media kit.