Not disgusting at all!
I felt compelled to respond to Pete’s ‘That’s disgusting’ reply in the February edition, to Charlie Portlock’s fascinating and informative, rabbit head dissection article. I hadn’t got the means to do this sort of experiment myself, and over years of hunting rabbits (with head shots) I had often pondered upon the internal workings. ‘What goes through their head?’ you might say. I am sure you gave long and careful thought before publishing it and I applaud you for doing so. I doubt anyone who has gutted any game could be offended, and am sure that they would take it from the intended standpoint. It reminded me of the instructional cross-sectional, cut-away models used to teach students how cars and plane engines work, which can still be seen in museums.
I’m hoping that the silent majority of the readership will be nodding in agreement that it goes with the territory. Would a shooting ‘anti’ pay to buy a magazine in the hope of being offended? Do they avoid driving in case they come across road kill? There were a number of references in the article to respecting your quarry and a minimisation of pain; they’re not the choice of words
I would expect from a ‘barbarian’.
Although I doubt that you have been flooded with similar objections, maybe putting a ‘graphic image’ warning in the Contents page would be ‘belt and braces’. What more could anyone reasonably do? I look forward to the forthcoming squirrel article in a similar vein! Andy Edwards Hello Andy I’m sure you’re right that any hunter who can prepare their quarry for the table wouldn’t be offended by Charlie’s hard work and ground-breaking way of showing us the cold hard facts. However, I always like to offer both sides of any argument to leave the reader informed enough to make up his own mind. Ed.
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