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The Same Principle

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“The mechanized pursuit of wildlife is high on the list of violating fair-chase principles. We have invented machines to carry ourselves over land, sea and air. Evolution of the animals we pursue can not keep pace with these inventions. If we are to pursue animals fairly, the ethical choice is clear – we pursue them on foot. The ethical hunter never chases or harasses wildlife with a machine. The ethical hunter must make many fair-chase choices. In some areas chasing big game with dogs is an accepted custom. In other places, it is considered an unfair advantage for the hunter. Likewise, luring animals with bait or hunting in certain seasons is sometimes viewed as giving an unfair advantage to the hunter. While local custom and practice need to be respected, it is equally important to be honest about the result of these practices. If there is a doubt, advantage must be given to the animal being hunted.” – Jim Posewitz

“But I cannot help thinking that shooting and angling, for all their beauty, have a moral downside. For is there not something unsporting in the use of guns and hooks against creatures with no natural understanding of such things, and no defences against them?…” – Roger Scruton

Posewitz seems to accept the presence of the implement of hunting and angling: The gun, the bow, the rod, as a given. Scruton however places their use in the same category as any of the other potential objectional elements of Hunting and argues only for the fox hunt with hounds. These are not principles at odds with each other, it’s the same principle, but applied to different extents.

Sources:
Beyond Fair Chase by Jim Posewitz
On Hunting by Roger Scruton

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July 26, 2016 at 11:16 AM

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The Worst of Living Criminals

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“Animals are not moral beings: they have neither rights nor duties, they are not sovereign over their lives, and they can commit no crimes. If they were moral beings, then Kant’s categorical imperative would apply to them: it would be wrong to kill them, capture them, confine them, harm them, or curtail their freedom. But it would also be wrong for them to do these things. Lions would be murderers, cuckoos usurpers, mice burglas, and magpies thieves. The fox would be the worst of living criminals, fully deserving the death penalty which we from time to time administer.” – Roger Scruton

Source: On Hunting by Scruton

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July 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM

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The Activist Agenda

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“Hunting is high on the activist agenda: higher than global warming, higher than crime, higher than Rwanda or Saddam Hussein. For this is how the suicide of nations begins, when sentimentality prevails over sense.” – Roger Scruton

Source: On Hutning by Scruton

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July 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

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On The Rain

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“Rain is everywhere, briefly withholding only to pour more abundantly, in long splashing filaments which trail through the sky like the strings of mad balloons, tangling in umbrellas and dancing on the rims of bowler hats.” – Roger Scruton

Source: On Hunting by Scruton

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July 6, 2016 at 1:08 AM

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Beyond Fair Chase

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“You need to be familiar with the field, the woods, the marsh, the forest, or the mountains where you hunt. If you work hard and long at this aspect of hunting, you can become a part of the place where you hunt. You will sense when you start to belong to the country. Go afield often enough and it will happen. Little by little you will become less of an intruder.”

“One of the primary purposes of hunting is to exercise our need to remain a part of the natural world. We still have the desire to participate in the natural process. Our developed world is becoming separated from nature; it is becoming artificial. Even the outdoors is often delivered through the window of a tour bus or processed through movies, videos, or theme parks that mock reality. Hunting is one of the last ways we have to exercise our passion to belong to the earth, to be part of the natural world, to participate in the ecological drama, and to nurture the ember of wildness within ourselves.” – Jim Posewitz

Scruton said in his book On Hunting that when he thought of hunting he imagined various forms of kitsch household goods like lampshades decorated with prancing deer, but found that the experience of hunting was significantly different. Scruton was speaking of a different type of hunting (Foxes), but what he described discovering in the natural world is the same thing Posewitz speaks of here: A belonging to the country, a participation within the natural world that is missing from our manufactured parks where we go to visit nature as if it was the zoo.

What do you long for more? A feeling of belonging in the natural world akin to what Posewitz and Scruton have written about, or a sanitized experience of nature seen on HBO?

Source: Beyond Fair Chase by Jim Posewitz

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July 2, 2016 at 8:53 PM

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