[quote=mlchance]Hunting, in and of itself, is not sinful. However, certain forms of hunting, such as “canned hunts” where folks can pay to kill aged, drugged exotic animals, are at least morally problematic. We need to keep in mind that while good intentions cannot make an objectively wrong action into a good action, evil intentions can make an action immoral.
– Mark L. Chance.
I agree with this and with the OP. While I don’t choose to hunt, I have found responsible hunters to be some of the most life-respecting people I know. Most are extremely pro-environment, care about clean kills, and efficiently use the products of the hunt for food and to support charities. Hunting fees are the single biggest financial support for preserving both wildlife and wilderness. The OP nailed it when he said the disassociation between the harvesting of food and consumption of it can lead to a lack of respect for the life given for our table. Fishing is the same way. Most either keep the fish for consumption or catch and release. The “industrialization” of our food supply is what leads to callousness towards both our environment and the care of food animals.
We know at least that Jesus ate fish. He didn’t call us to be vegetarians. I can respect an anti-hunter’s point of view ONLY if they are totally consistent in not consuming or acquiring any animal products (that includes shoes, purses and belts!)
Moralizing about the means to harvest animals is hypocritical otherwise. There is more massive in-humaneness in one day of industrialized animal production than there could ever be in a year of legalized hunting.
If you’ve ever had to slaughter a farm animal for food, and you’re heart and mind are in the right place, you can only feel a big debt of gratitude to the animal and to God for what their life means.
May God bless you.