I want to release some anger about the media lately, while Sweden "enjoys" its season of hunting (bears, mooses etc.).
I do tolerate that some people do this for food, or for the pleasure of nature (even though I must say its violating it a bit) or whatever. But the way some news papers expose the pain of these poor animals is insane.
At the end of summer, our local paper had two or three pages full of private fishers and their (dead) fish. It was in a competition-mood, "who got the biggest" sort of attitude. This didn't bother me the first day, because I do eat fish myself. But it went on day after day...
Then one evening when I went over to our petrol station to buy flour or something, on the front door was these ads for the national evening paper: a huge picture of a bear, lying on the ground in blood and a big hole in its head. The text under congratulated the lucky shooter.
And the other day, inanother local paper, they had two half pages full of pictures of murdered animals. And a romantic fotograph (or TWO, actually) picturing a rifle in a sunset, lying on a rock in the forest. Then a couple of photos of the dead bear again, lying flat on its stomach with blood and sores.They had also put a stick in his mouth, like they do with pigs at Christmas.
And then the "sweet" picture of a hunter and his small daughter, next to a moose mother (dead) and its dead little child, the text in the paper also congratulated these people.
In my eyes this behaviour is very immature and absolutely not modern enough for the year 2008. To expose the thrill of killing, it belongs better in the Dark middle ages, when man could not tame the environment and therefore he had to kill her (the beast). I cannot understand this.
And when I was cycling home friday night, breathing in the autumn air and the colors, I hoped for a second to see a moose.- But they wouldn't dare showing themselves. They must be terrified?!
Wouldn't it be more fair play if the shooting was allowed only in certain areas, but all year around?
I feel so upset about this, how we treat animals.