Kayla Hernandez and Jamie Stewart “Peta Supporters”

Dear Kayla and Jamie

Did you understand anything I said in my blog “Peta Take a Hike?”  It seems common sense and clear thinking never enter into any dialog with an animal rights activist.  You are so focused with defending the rights (what rights?) of Bambi that you can’t see the forest for the trees.

You probably aren’t aware of the fact that hunters and outdoors men and women do more to protect, defend, and restore animals, and their habitat, than PETA and all the animal rights donor groups combined.

I have no idea who you are and you certainly don’t know me.  One aspect of my life is that I am a “born again Christian” and my Bible says that God created the animals for our pleasure, and consumption.  Certain ones are forbidden to eat (Kosher Law) but the rest can be part of a well balanced meal.  In one place God tells Paul(after showing him all kinds of different animals) “To take kill and eat!”  My conscience is clear.

I take no pleasure in the suffering of any animal, but do not hold them on the same level as humans.  I believe we (humans) have a soul, which God breathed into the human race, as we are created in His image and likeness.  Not so with animals.  Of course they are part of creation, but only humans possess a mortal soul that will live for all eternity.  I believe putting an animal on the same level as humans is a form of idolatry and reeks of Paganism.

On the other hand I will legally take (kill) fair game, and feed my family or donate meat to a soup kitchen.  Trust me I have never seen anyone go through a soup line that has “turned down” a free hot meal that included meat.  I could go on and on about my position, but I feel that whatever I have to say will more than likely fall on deaf ears.

Fellow Blogger s and readers

The above letter is sort of an open letter to the animal rights crowd.  I was going to e-mail Kayla and Jamie, but thought I really didn’t want them having my e-mail address.  Whether they read this or not remains to be seen, but at least it will be floating around the internet.  How do the rest of you outdoor writers handle animal rights criticism?  I know hit the “delete” key.

Keep your powder dry.

4 Responses to “Kayla Hernandez and Jamie Stewart “Peta Supporters””

  1. Tom Sorensn says:

    Mike –

    Well handled and well stated. I suppose that’s the biggest shock to my system is when I see people putting animals on the same level playing field with the human race. The argument, “The animals were here first” just sends shivers down my spine that someone could really look at an animal and a human as the same. In that case I think I’d have a real hard time taking my dog for a walk on his leash even let alone staring down through my peep sight at a bull elk.

    The only way I deal with these letters is to try not to let them get me angry – my brother said once, “When you wrestle with pigs, you end up smelling like a pig.”

  2. Arthur says:

    Thankfully, Mike, I’ve only had a few anti’s comment on my blog, and I have handled all of them differently.

    I WILL NOT tolerate name calling in any of the comments on my blog. Spewing hate is not something I’m going to tolerate. But if they have something legitimate to say, I’ll let them, and I’ll respond with facts and not emotion.

    I like your open letter. I hope they read it.

  3. Mary says:

    I like your letter too Uncle Mike. I get very mad at people who have not done their research and proclaim hunters are violent and cruel. I used to be one of these people. Turning my nose up at venison or any other wild game but having no problem eating my grilled chicken or a burger. I think God created a balance to life and that balance involves us using animals for food. Obviously these people offended do not understand that most hunters are very interested in he balance of wildlife and their money goes toward consevation of our animals. It seems that it is a case of emotion over intellegent research.

  4. Phillip says:

    Hey Mike,

    As some folks know, I will allow anti hunters to say their piece over on my blog… as long as their comments meet the same requirements I have for any commenter. No offensively foul language, no promotion of illegal acts, and a modicum of respect for the other readers.

    What I have found is that those conversations tend to offer an opportunity for two-way exchange, and the chance for myself and other hunters to show the anti-hunter that stereotypes and myths about hunters are largely inaccurate. Of course, we often find the other side of that coin as well. Many anti-hunters hold deep convictions, as deep as any religion, and it’s unfair to simply dismiss those.

    I doubt we’ve turned any anti-hunter into a hunter, but I do know that we’ve adjusted some attitudes in a positive way. That, to me, is a HUGE win.