When I drive to and from DISCOVERY INN & SUITES for work, I see this pro-hunting bumper sticker on many a car. I also get “many a” frustrated when I see it, because I am an animal welfare advocate and not the least bit pleased that Louisiana’s fleur-de-lis, a “religious, political, dynastic, and artistic” representation, is being used for the hunting of innocent animals. I apologize that I used a little trickery here in calling this blog post, “Hunting” For A Hotel?, as a way to cleverly attract you to a talk about hunting animals and not so much “hunting” hotels. Yeah, I sure am one “sly fox” (pun intended)! 😉
I also have a bumper sticker on my car, but it’s not this pro-hunting fleur-de-lis. My bumper sticker says, “Hunting…the coward’s sport.” Because I am clearly in the minority here in Louisiana with this bumper sticker, I can’t tell you how many people tail gate me with a vengeance because of this bumper sticker, probably the very same ones who have the pro-hunting fleur-de-lis bumper sticker. They can tail gate me all they won’t, because I won’t remove my “cowardly hunting” sticker anymore than they would probably remove their “proudly hunting” sticker.
And please don’t get me started on anyone calling hunting “a sport.” I know what “a sport” is: It’s two opposing teams, equally armed and skilled, vying in competitive forums for entertainment with eventual victory. Hunting is NOT a sport, because the two opposing teams are NOT equally armed and skilled, and the entertainment with eventual victory is one-sided, and that “one side” ALWAYS favors the hunter. How does any animal stand a chance in “a sport” like this? They don’t because hunting is NOT “a sport.”
Yes, that picture right there would make hunting “a sport,” because the bear would be armed just like the hunter. Until a bear or any animal can be armed, hunting just ain’t nor will it ever be “a sport.”
“Oh, but I hunt animals only for food!” Oh, really? I don’t mean to be rude (I will, though, be assertive), but why do you think God made grocery stores and fast-food restaurants? Can we just stop all this nonsense of “but I hunt animals only for food” and get down to the nitty gritty, i.e., hunters hunt animals because they like the kill. They like the power that they think they have holding a gun. They like the actual “hunt” of the animal, as far as being clever and unobtrusive while the hunted animal is clueless to the kill. The animal just wants to live wild and free with his or her family but when a hunter kills an animal, they are also killing a member of that animal’s family. How would hunters feel if someone killed a member of their human family? And based on so many pictures I see online, parent hunters seem to like when they can start their kids killing animals young. Is a kid killing an innocent animal something to be proud of? “He or she shot his or her first buck!” And you’re proud of THAT????
“I hunt so animals won’t be running all over the place!” Oh, really? Any plot of land, even the smallest, gets taken over by “property people,” those who just have to build something on any plot of land unoccupied. The problem with this is that the plot of land already IS occupied; it’s occupied by the animals who have made it their home. I’m not saying I want animals running everywhere, but I also don’t think we should go around shooting humans so they won’t be running all over the place. What I am saying is excuses like “I hunt animals only for food” and “I hunt so animals won’t be running all over the place” are ludicrous and are lies. Even if any of these had any semblance of truth to them, would that still give hunters a license to hunt?
The question I get asked all the time is, “Well, Timothy, if you were living out in the wild, what would you eat?” This is a completely irrelevant question, because I’m currently not living out in the wild. But even if I were, I would hope I would eat what this Bible verse tells me to eat: “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food'” (Genesis 1:29).
Now, ALL THAT SAID, there is this part of me that actually would prefer hunting for food than where 99% of meat consumed by humans comes from, which are factory farms. These are windowless warehouses where farm animals never get to experience the sun on their skin or the wind on their coats or feathers. These are farms where farm animals are treated as nonfeeling, inanimate “machines.” These are farms where chickens have their beaks cut off so they won’t peck each other to death from close confinement, where baby calves are torn from their mother the minute they are born and her milk given to humans, where nursing pigs are kept in gestation crates where they can’t even move around. If you don’t believe anything I just said, then be my guest to “meet your meat” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfODSzZT-B0). And these are farms that torture and slaughter 10 BILLION ANIMALS EVERY YEAR IN THE U.S. ALONE (that’s 317 farm animals tortured and slaughtered EVERY SECOND for food)!!!! While hunting animals is certainly cruel, it just can’t seem to hold a candle to the cruelty inflicted on farm animals in factory farms. And did I mention that is where 99% of meat consumed by humans comes from?
So, “hunting” for a hotel? Then PLEASE stay with us but PLEASE leave your hunting rifles at home.😯
-Timothy J. Verret, Front Desk Clerk and Creative Marketing Rep
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