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Sleepy Rosie BS: Killing for pleasure (76* d) RE: BS: Killing for pleasure 10 Mar 09

Spleen Cringe: "I disbelieve anyone living in a modern western economy who says they hunt for any reason other than sport or extreme poverty."

In which case I suspect you have not moved in the kinds of circles, where it actually does happen.
Never heard of Freeganism or Self-Sufficiency?

There are those who choose, neither for sporting reasons nor poverty but often as a reaction aginst Capitalist society, to 'drop-out' of the modern Western consumerist system, and persue an alternative self-sufficient lifestyle, which means they will hunt and gather whatever there is to be found in the world around them. A choice that is made to consume and waste less, and be far more personally responsible for what they do consume.

I can think of one friend of mine who, as an anarchist, has never paid tax, doesn't live in a house, is self-employed and is otherwise as self-sufficient as he can reasonably manage.

The reason his case is especially pertinant to this thread, is that he was vegetarian for twenty years. But took to shooting the odd pheasant or rabbit, or indeed fishing the odd trout to improve his diet - he was getting bloody underwieght at the time. He doesn't hunt for sport, anymore than he collects the dead wood with which he builds the musical instruments he barters or sells, for 'sport'.

His occasional hunting is completely purposive, and ethically congruent with his anti-consumerist and anarchist way of life.

There are more people out there living on the 'fringes' of our consumerist culture, than you might at first imagine.
But they don't usually make headlines for living their alternative lifestyles, unless they turn up in The Daily Mail as 'undesirables'.

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