I went to the far reaches of the county a couple of weeks ago to look at a house my older son was interested in (parents can do things like this when they are retired and their kids work full-time and do college in the evening) and drove past this place. It has been doing canned hunts for quite a few years. The signs selling doe meat for human consumption or pet food are new, or relatively recent, I think, but I haven’t been out this way in a couple of years.
To corral a wild creature in an enclosure to be hunted is ethically reprehensible to me. When you feed the deer and they cluster near the fence where they are fed from, they have become domesticated. What kind of person gets a thrill out of shooting a tame animal? Do they mount their heads on a wall and tell a story of how skilled they were to be able to track and shoot the deer or elk?
Gary Larson was on to these morons a long time ago.
It is difficult not to get enraged. The city of the county I live in has just approved the sale of a piece of land that is part of an old prison — and gave tax abatements! — for building a $40 million dollar animal research facility that plans to use dogs, primates, pigs, and mammals to torture in the name of research. Sometimes it is very difficult to continue liking humans.
Here are just a few of the HUNDREDS of deer (and elk, even though I didn’t see any elk) languishing in these enclosures.