I want to talk about something that may potentially make me look bad, which Johnny Depp is going to help me illustrate.
One of my interests in vism lies with developing a better diet in the face of survival situations. I’m allergic to seafood, so I have one less resource to tap into in a worst-case scenario.
One thing I want to make abundantly clear, however, is that in that scenario I have no qualms about hunting for food. Meat’s back on the menu at that point, when it comes down to it.
This leads me into a dilemma. I’ve thought about deer hunting for a long time. It appeals to me mostly as an educational tool–not a hobby. Of course, the cave man in me would love to wrestle a mastadon to the earth with my bare hands and enjoy the spoils, but all barbarism aside, learning how to survive in the wild is serious business and hunting lies at the core of it.
So my dilemma is this: do I, a vegetarian, hunt and eat animals in order to gain a valuable skill? Or, do I bury that desire to align with my cause?
This leads me to another thought: is eating animals that you hunt in the wild more or less acceptable than eating store-bought, most-likely mistreated animals? At what point is an animal’s death acceptable? When is it a necessary evil? Where is the line drawn?
What do you think?