Hunting is a topic that has become controversial in the UK. The hunting of foxes has been illegal since November 2004 across England, Scotland and Wales yet somehow people manage to get around it with legislations about foxes being vermin.
However, prior to the fox hunting ban in 2004, the hunting of these animals was primarily for sport. The hunters would take their dogs and try and find the trail of a fox and would allow their dogs to tear the fox apart. If there was a child present and it was their first hunt, the fox’s blood would be smeared across their cheeks.
In my opinion this is a vulgar practice, however to this day people still partake in hunting foxes and other animals for sport.
In the wild, animals are only ever hunted for food. So what made humans start killing for sport?
When we were still living in caves, humans had to hunt for food. But is it possible that as civilisation grew and food became readily available from establishments such as butchers, humans began hunting for sport? We all know how bloodthirsty the Medieval English were with their hangings and their beheadings. Is the practice of hunting for sport one of the few remaining traditions that the British have that remains from long ago?
I appreciate many traditions, but hunting is not one of them. As an animal lover, the idea of a poor animal being killed because someone thought it would be fun makes me feel quite ill. If I was old enough and confident enough when the fox hunting ban was going on, no doubt I would have had my picket out and marched around Parliament Square. Sadly I was only ten when the whole thing kicked off and I doubt my parents would have allowed me to get involved. Things like protests tend to get nasty.
Hunting for food, however, is something I’m fine with. I eat meat as do many other creatures that live on this planet; cats, dogs, lions, tigers, birds of prey, badgers…
Wild carnivorous animals rely on hunting their prey. You don’t see a lion going to a butcher, do you? (Though that would be a sight to see!)
Before humans became domestic creatures, we relied on hunting wild sheep, bulls, sabre-toothed tigers (if they even existed before and during the stone age).
How our species has evolved was a natural process. But the way our civilisation behaves is, in my opinion, unnatural. When the first human was born about 100,000 ago, they would have been born into a family of what we see today as “savages”, people who kill to survive.
The wild humans were the most pure humans there have ever been. What we are today is a diluted version of what we are meant to be.
I don’t see the first humans as savages, I see what the humans have become as savages. Before the death penalty was banned in 1964, we used to be entertained by the blood shed of others, we still hunt innocent animals that have not developed over time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the life I have. I have a family that love me, amazing friends and beautiful pets. But I crave to be a wild woman, as I’m sure many people do nowadays. Get away from the technology of the modern age and just live in the dirt and breathe in the pure air of the trees.