Betty - posted on 11/22/2011 ( 34 moms have responded )
Am I the only parent out there who is completely against a child hunting? Ok, ok, yes I am a HUGE animal lover and completely against it for ANY age (adult or child) HOWEVER, isn't this setting a really bad example in the mind of a child? Teaching them it is ok to kill things? I have several friends on facebook who post pics of their 4 and 5 year olds huntin and I just think it is insane. This world is crazy enough without teaching a child that killing anything is ok. If someone is going to hunt, I do not think it is even nearly appropriate before the age of 18. Why install in a 5 year olds mind that killing is ok? I try to teach my child to be compassionate towards animals, because I beleive you are a more well rouned compassionate person in general if you have a heart for animals. And no I do not eat meat, but am not against my daughter or others eating it. There is a HUGE difference between killing the animal, gutting it and eating it then buying whats at the store. Yes, it has already been killed, gutted, etc, but this isn't 1900, were in 2011, we no longer need to kill for our food now a days. I just think if your going to hunt as an adult, fine whatever, but teaching a child is just confusing to them to think it's ok to kill an animal. What happens when he/she kills the family dog because theyre 5 or 6 years old and doesn't know any better.