But I would like to mention that hunting is not a sport, shooting an animal that is completely defenseless and has nothing against you at all is not sport, it's murder. I would have respect for your boyfriend if he hunted to survive, and did so with his own two hands or a tool that he crafted himself from nature, such as a stone knife or spear. But since he is a coward and feels he needs a gun to take down a deer he disgusts me.
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This podcast is relevant to you I've met too many of them who actually care about the environment and animals. I would never ever hunt and I think it's absolutely wrong. And I don't think I could date a hunter.
However, I think many hunters are actually closer to veganism than most of the general public. Hunters at least understand where meat comes from and they confront it head-on. Most want to kill without causing suffering. Most hate factory farming. Most love to hike and camp. I think they just need to learn more about how hunting can be very cruel, about how people don't need to eat animals, about how the environment works better when humans don't interfere so much, about how the tradition of compassion is more natural than the tradition of killing Thanks MikeLines and ElaineV!
Elaine, unfortunately I can't access the link you posted and I can't seem to find it online. Good points guys and thanks for the support! Thanks Nishani Well said, very true.
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Originally Posted by ElaineV This podcast is relevant to you Thanks for your thoughts, it helps me to see anoter side of it, which is what I was hoping for. I think it's wrong to try and change a person you're in a relationship with - you knew he hunted when you went out with him, and yet you still did, so there must be a million more important things you love about him!
I don't think it's impossible, or even nessersairly difficult, to be in a relationship with someone with completely polar veiws to you on some things. Is he accepting of your vegetarianism? Does he respect your choices? I think these are more important questions than does he agree with you, his beliefs are a part of who he is, but they don't reflect his attitude to you and his feelings to you, but how he feels about your differences does. However, that said, clearly the hunting is really upsetting you and I don't think you should ignore it either.
I think you should tell him, and talk about it, but not to try to get him to stop but just to talk. Just for the sake of understanding eachother, and discussing things together, and helping your relationship. You really need to decide what you want to happen, maybe if he understood how you felt he could make efforts not to say things that will upset you, etc. Personally, I live with an omni who eats meat and he said he would only eat vegetarian or vegan when we moved in together, I insisted he didn't have to much to many VBers horror I'm sure because I didn't want him to do something he would be unhappy with to please me.
He now eats mostly vegan, but non-vegan food when he fancies and I think we probally have amuch healthier relationship for it. I think hunting is a hard subject mainly because many times it's "in the family". Just like my family biked a lot together when I was growing up, some families hunt together. I think that one thing to keep in mind is his attatchment to hunting may be based a lot on the fact that it's how he spends time with family and friends, or that's how he has a connection to them.
I can't imagine being passionate about killing animals. Just because you're family has always done something doesn't make it right, that's not what I'm saying.
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But especially if he started at a young age, he is most likely descensitized to it. That may be kinda scatter brained but hopefully it makes sense. Maybe you could get him a range membership. There are ways he can shoot his gun without killing a living being.
Yes, he is very accepting of my vegetrianism, if he wasn't I doubt we would still be together. We have talked about it and I'm sure the topic will come back up many times again. I will keep your advice in mind when it does! Yes, it does make sense. I see your really torn here and thought I'd chime in. My boyfriends dad hunts and he used to go with him all the time.
The only reason he stopped is because his parents separated and he's very angry and distant from his dad now. I don't think my boyfriend ever killed anything himself but he went out, set up traps, and emptied out a deer they hunt for food. I met him way before I was veg but have always been an animal lover. When he used to hunt I'd get upset when he'd say he was out in the woods.
He'd rationalize it as saying they only hunted for food. Wrong still of course but i atleast slightly respected that he wasn't being brutal or bloodthirsty about it. If your guy hunts all the time I'm sure it's a big problem and you guys should talk it out, but if it's something he does sometimes and respects your views against it I'm confident you'll make it work. I always say if he's right for you then things will work out, you just need to be open and honest about your views. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Ellie Bytes is offline.
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In the end, only kindness matters. You currently have 0 posts. Originally Posted by David3. The real conflict will emerge if the two of you have children. Would a compromise be possible? Would you allow your children to be raised eating meat? Would he allow your children to be raised vegetarian? During the pregnancy, will he or his family pressure you to eat meat because they believe it is necessary for a healthy pregnancy?
He respects my choice to not eat meat, and actually thinks it is pretty awesome that I stand up for what I believe in such a drastic way. I respect him as a hunter because he is respectful to the planet and the animals. He does not use cheats like salt licks and fake deer to lure the deer in, and he actually eats the animals he kills. He is the nicest guy I have ever known, loves animals, and has a huge heart. Are you sure you want to delete this answer?
No, honestly, I really don't think I would.
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I can't even share a drink with someone who's just had meat, so I can't imagine kissing someone regularly who does. And I wouldn't be able to look him in the eye after he's just killed an animal. I can see how you could have this relationship, but I don't think I'd be comfortable with it at all. Oh, and I'm vegan. I am a vegan for animal rights reasons.
I believe all animals have a right to life, just like me. I don't think that it would be possible for me to fall in love with a hunter because that would turn me off the second I found out. I couldn't be with someone who takes pleasure in killing other animals, no matter what the reason. It would make me feel guilty and would go against what I stand for. And yes, fishing is the same thing as hunting. Alot of fish actually have a more highly developed nervous system than say, deer or hogs.
I'm not saying that it's wrong for you to be with a hunter, but I don't know how you do it. I would feel like I would be going backward instead of forward with my lifestyle.
New vegan, and passionate. I don't think I could date a man who hunts for the fun of it, as this is murder in my eyes, and I would probably end up hating him. I don't see how a relationship like this could work as you must really be on two different wavelengths. If a "hunter" fell for a vegan woman but carried on hunting I don't think he's taking her beliefs very seriously.
I can't imagine she'd ever be ok with it. I personally hate the idea of fishing too. I think I have more respect for fishermen who eat what they catch as opposed to throwing it back to die though. Again, if I was in a relationship with a fisherman it would niggle at me constantly. I am a vegetarian and while I have never dated a hunter, I have been attracted to the men who were hunters, but nothing ever happened. I don't know that I could be with a person who found joy out of killing animals for sport.
But sometimes hunters are not bad people; they just make bad choices. It depends if the hunters a woman. And the best way to hunt is to chase an animal down and pounce upon it while gnawing at it's neck with teeth and nails.