Wednesday, May 12, 2004
To continue on theme of killing & eating animals: what is the bloody point here? Why kill an animal if you don't plan to eat it or put it to use somehow? My friend Ben, now in Iraq as an National Guard specialist, used to say this of trophy hunters: "It is like going to the Louvre and shoot a painting for fun; why would you do something asinine like that?"

On a related note, John McPhee has a sharp word or two about the supposedly more "humane" activity of catch-and-release fishing in The Founding Fish. It turns out that in Germany, catch-and-release fishing is outlawed as senseless and cruel, which it is.