Re: Loving Nature With a Gun
Thinking about the title of this thread - I recall a day in my time in Antarctica when a tourist ship arrived (great excitement, floating luxury hotel arrives on your relatively impoverished doorstep!). The tradition was that base personnel go aboard, get fed and watered and in return someone gives them a slide-show, on this occasion it was me.
The base I was on was a very wildlife-rich area, so there were many pictures of local animals. One guy in the audience to the increasing irritation of his fellow passengers and my fellow base-members kept enquiring "do you hunt them?", "what are they like to eat?" and other similar questions.
My eventual answer of something like "We're here to study and record the biological diversity of Antarctica - not to consume it" met with not the mass ejection of me and the other base members that I expected, but a spontaneous round of applause from all in the audience.
Some people will always see the world as their restaurant I guess.