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Response to primavera (Reply #90)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:08 PM

91. Saying hunters "blast everything in sight"...

....would be like claiming motorists are trying to hit every cyclist without proper lights and reflective gear in sight.

Every person driving adds to the risk. And every driver who hits a pedestrian or cyclist due to being irresponsible displays unacceptable conduct.

If you knowingly enter an active hunting territory without taking proper precautions, you are playing with your own life, just as if you decide to go on a bike ride next to a road with no lights and reflective gear.

The level of risk rests with the individual. The great part is, there are acres upon acres upon acres where you can birdwatch or bike ride with the only likely causes of death being wild animals, injury, the elements, intentional murder, or your ticker giving out on you.


We all modify our behavior to accommodate the behavior of others, both legal and illegal. Hunting and driving are legal when done in the regulated times/places, and it is wise to make your presence known to others in places where driving or hunting is going on. Burglary and theft are illegal, and it is wise to lock your doors at night.

I am sure you understand all of this, but you refuse to accept it, and you revealed why:

"....my liberty to go birdwatching or hiking without fear of being shot is less valuable than the liberty of hunters to kill things"

If you just don't like hunting in general because animals are being killed, that is a completely valid yet different subject. Pretending that bird-watching is an extreme sport is not the way to discuss animal rights, at least in my opinion. Although I can understand the desire to do so.

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