Why we do it

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

‘’unt­ing is all that’s worth liv­ing for—all time is lost wot is not spent in ‘unt­ing—it is the hair we breathe’ R. S. Sur­tees’s Mr Jor­rocks

‘Hunt­ing, fish­ing, draw­ing and mu­sic oc­cu­pied my ev­ery mo­ment. Cares I knew not, and cared naught about them’ John James Audubon, bird pain­ter

‘A pe­cu­liar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter or­di­nar­ily has no gallery to ap­plaud or dis­ap­prove of his con­duct. What­ever his acts, they are dic­tated by his own con­science… It is dif­fi­cult to ex­ag­ger­ate the im­por­tance of this fact’ Aldo Leopold, ecol­o­gist and philoso­pher

‘In a civilised and cul­ti­vated coun­try, wild an­i­mals only con­tinue to ex­ist at all when pre­served by sports­men’ Theodore Roo­sevelt, American Pres­i­dent

‘If some an­i­mals are good at hunt­ing and oth­ers are suit­able for hunt­ing, then the gods must clearly smile on hunt­ing’ Aris­to­tle

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