Permission to Kill
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Georgie Fong, Gentle World
March 2014

It was seven years later, after my father died, that I realized that he was addicted to his adrenaline high, which he got from his fight with the fish. He used to make all the same comments as a hunter, which I didnít understand then. But years later, after his death, I ran into an article from a San Francisco writer who wrote in defense of hunting. Then I heard all the same comments coming out of the hunterís mouth.

I gave up fishing when I was eight years old. My brother and I would go with our grandfather down to the fishermanís wharf in San Francisco to go fishing. I felt it was good time with grandpa, until one day the fish I hooked started to bleed from its mouth. Thatís when I realized it must hurt the fish, since when I bleed, I hurt!!!

killing fish fishingMy daughter gave up fishing for the same reason. Her father never would give up fishing. He grew up fishing as a little boy and brought home his ďcatchĒ and was proud of providing for his parents and brother. Then one day, after we were married for a couple of years, he went on a fishing spree, and made the comment that he was providing food for the family. I said to him, ďAre you crazy?????? You provide food on the table by being a doctor, not by fishing!Ē

But he continued, and that was the rationalization he used to give himself permission to kill. He started to fish a couple of times out of the year, then he started to go up to Alaska during the salmon run and he killed hundreds of salmon. He then went every chance he could all through the year.

It was seven years later, after he died, that I realized that he was addicted to his adrenaline high, which he got from his fight with the fish.

He used to make all the same comments as a hunter, which I didnít understand then. But years later, after his death, I ran into an article from a San Francisco writer who wrote in defense of hunting. Then I heard all the same comments coming out of the hunterís mouth.


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