This is mainly a discussion about the difference in mentality of hunters and cat lovers/animal rights advocates.
Australian Renee Sullivan, 20, enjoys hunting. She likes to hunt cats of any age. She uses a bow and arrow. She likes to kill kittens therefore. You can see three in the picture that she had just killed with her compound bow. She was on private land and the person gave her permission and she killed them legally under Australian law. However, she was vilified by animal rights advocates and cat lovers on Facebook and social media generally. She was heavily criticised to the extent that she took down her photograph on Facebook but before doing so somebody saved a screenshot which was then posted elsewhere.
“I posted the hunt picture on social media at 5:30pm on Tuesday afternoon and within minutes I was receiving hateful messages. Trying to keep the peace I decided to remove the post.
“My photo was unfortunately screen shot and posted and every page you could think of, even my local have your say page.”
“I tried to explain the situation multiple times but didn’t seem to resolve anything.”
“I’m a hunter and this what I enjoy doing and nothing will stop this. I have seen photos from multiple hunters with cats smaller than the ones I shot but never received this hate.”
Her shooting of the three kittens has highlighted the war, and it is a war, between cat loving animal rights advocates and hunters who inhumanely kill cats. Hunters simply cannot understand animal rights advocates. One is alien to the other. Their mentality is utterly different. The mentality of an animal rights advocate is incomprehensible to a hunter. I’ll try and explain…
The reason why this woman was vilified by cat lovers is because she made the kittens suffer and she enjoyed it. You cannot kill an animal humanely with a bow and arrow at a distance. There’s bound to be pain and suffering before the kitten dies. Therefore this is not an humane way of killing an animal and neither is it an effective way to protect wild species. Renee Sullivan justifies her hunting and killing of kittens on an ethical level by saying that she is protecting native wildlife species because once the kittens grow up and become adults they will be killing precious native species.
She claims, therefore, that she doing a service to the Australian nation. The chasm between cat lovers and cat hunters is that the former hate the idea of causing pain to an animal whereas the hunters don’t give a damn if they cause pain. Their only motivation is to seek pleasure in hunting and killing and it does not enter their heads whether they cause pain to the animal that they have killed or not. In fact some hunters like to cause pain. It is part of the fun and the process.
Hunters believe that animal lovers live in a fantasy world. They think that animal and cat lovers see feral kittens as cute fuzzy little balls of loving fur when in their eyes they are killers of native species. The hunters are wrong. Cat and animal lovers see feral kittens as exactly what they are which is cats living in the wild surviving. They don’t see them as cuddly little creatures. Cat lovers don’t live in a fuzzy pink world of sweet smelling roses and pink ribbons. They live in the real world but they’re simply concerned with treating animals humanely and not causing pain to animals. Hunters don’t get this.
Further, animal rights advocates see the futility in killing kittens with a bow and arrow as a means to protect native species and eradicate the feral cat in Australia. It does not work. Killing feral cats with a bow and arrow is not a sensible or practical way of going about protecting native species.
The RSPCA confirm this:
“…..bow hunting was not the way to control the animal. Bow hunting is not an effective method of controlling pest animals, as it is carried out by individual hunters and targeting only one animal at a time.”
My message to hunters who like to kill cats is to start thinking about the pain they are causing and how it is impossible to justify it and stop criticising cat lovers who find it incomprehensible how anybody can cause pain to an animal for their pleasure.
I am sorry if this page is upsetting. I know some people will think that there is too much bad news on this website but in fact in proportion to the whole there is very little bad news on this site and I feel a pressing need to relentlessly attack hunters who like to kill cats and kittens and justify it for various reasons.