READERS DISCUSS: Hunting animals versus culling pests
AFTER seeing the agony hunting bought to the animals he targeted, Yeppoon's Shane Newell decided to hang up his bow and arrow.
The 60-year-old said news of the recent illegal hunt of Zimbabwe's favourite lion, Cecil, last week, reminded him why he gave up the sport.
"I have given up hunting altogether, mainly because to me, it is unnecessary," Mr Newell said.
"The right to hunt is an unnecessary right given the suffering that it causes, even with big guns."
Read the full story here: Yeppoon man takes aim at bow hunting
Here are some comments readers posted on Facebook in relation to this story:
Ben Van Wyk - This guy has obviously bought some cheap bow with no idea how to tune or ethically use it properly. Don't take your lack of skill and try and paint others with the same brush.
Kate Stephenson - I don't care who you are, if you can kill an animal and feel pleased about it then there is something wrong with you. Culling has a purpose and is understandable and I have no problem if you're going to eat the creature. But just going out to hunt an animal because it's fun or for a trophy? That is seriously screwed up and I cannot fathom it.
Leigh Nunn - Culling has its purpose... you agree.
So, if an animal needs to be culled, and you can get someone to PAY to do it, because they want to test their skills as an outdoorsman and marksman, using their own time, much more expensive and accurate equipment than most government rangers, AND support local tradesman, AND provide local villages with the meat which they cannot legally obtain themselves. Whats the problem?
Kerry Lee - Spot on Kate Stephenson. You are 100% correct. People who think otherwise aren't very bright. Shame more people don't share your intelligence.
Terry Grant - What about conservation? Why is it that lions in country's in South Africa that have game reserves have gone from critically endangered to not even on the endangered list in just 40 years? Why? Because it works. There is numerous studies done on this and not by pro hunting organisations that proves that it works.
Kate Stephenson - Ok Leigh, I will repeat, I have no issues if they are going to be eaten. I don't understand what you're trying to debate with me, I agree with you. 😕
Nick Hudson - Lion meat is eaten apparently it's quite nice
Leigh Nunn - hello Kate. Can you point out where you mentioned 'eaten' in your original post, and also how ET had not met the requirements under your statement "don't care who you are, if you can kill an animal and feel pleased about it then there is something wrong with you".
He killed a fish, he's smiling, he got photographed with it, and posted it on the internet. Why's that not the same thing, and why's that any different to say Glenn McGrath, who was vilified, taunted, and threatened recently.
Look forward to your response.
Kate Stephenson - That would be the line 'I have no problem if you're going to eat the creature'. It's there, plain as day. That didn't just refer to culling but to anything you kill to eat. Old ET up there is going to eat that awesome fish and if he isn't then he'll throw it back. I fish too and use that rule of thumb. Fishing is the only hunting sport where the animal DOESN'T have to die just so you can get your 'trophy'; take a pic and throw it back. Or kill it humanely and have it for lunch if it's a good one. Very different to big game/trophy hunting. Not even the same galaxy.
Jay Janssen - I eat my trophy animals? So what's different and I only shoot the animals I want
Kate Stephenson - Then you are not who I am referring to Jay, so we have no problem. My point is about the hunters who kill for no more reason than enjoyment. Not necessity or for meat, just enjoyment. Though no one should really enjoy killing anything, no matter the circumstance. Hunting should be done with a heavy heart, there is no entertainment value in the death of any living creature. Note to self; be extremely specific on all future posts.
Mic Brans - I went as spotlight holder with a bow hunter at night....he was hitting rabbits at 50 M. Now that impressed me. I did not have a go. I knew i would fail
Kerry Lee - Now that's a sensible use of hunting. A skilled person who can kill cleanly, hunting feral animals. Nothing wrong with that and that's what people who have to hunt should be trying to get access to. Doing the environment a service and getting their hunting fix. But I don't think large animals should be hunted with bows. You would have to be an exceptional marksman, and have luck as well, to get a clean kill with an arrow on a large beast. Rifles only for larger (feral) animals.
Jay Janssen - Kerry u obviously have no idea what a good bowhunter is capable of when they know their own limits and effectiveness of their equipment
Doug Smith - Kerry, you actually have no idea what you are talking about.
Mic Brans - Dont forget . before guns there were bows....before bows there were spears and clubs...and fire was set to flush em out n bash em to death.
Adam Parker - No animal that walks on land can survive having an inch wide hole put threw both lungs . Do some research before making ill informed opinions based on emotion only.