Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hunter vs. Vegan: An Educational Lesson in Civility

Finger-pointing.  Outspoken emotion.  Polarization.  A lack of respect.  A lack of civility.  In this day and age, we seem to see and hear it everywhere.  Turn on the TV and you see accusatory, negative political attacks.  Log on to Facebook or other social media sites and such attitudes run rampant on a variety of topics. 

That’s why it was refreshing to see what happened September 5 in Brooklyn, New York.  Author Steven Rinella attended a promotional event for his new book, Meat Eater:  Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter.  He took a question/comment from an audience member, a vegan, accusing him, as a hunter, of “murdering innocent creatures.”  Rinella’s response was, in the least, educational and informational.  At the most, it was an inspirational lesson for hunters and non-hunters alike on how to address the issue, or any issue for that matter, with honesty, clarity and respect.


Well-spoken Steven.  Thanks!

7 comments:

  1. Extremely well spoken and articulate. Thanks! I will be reading your book.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow, blown away. Incredibly respectful, insightful, and persuasive. We should all strive to communicate with all non-hunters as well as you did with that vegan.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Is there any way you can post a link right here to a place where you can purchase the book? I think it might help his sales, because just hearing how well he responds to the point/question, makes the book worth reading

    ReplyDelete

  4. http://www.amazon.com/Meat-Eater-Adventures-American-Hunter/dp/0385529813

    ReplyDelete
  5. As a hunter with vegans in my family, I can relate to this exchange entirely. When we're able to put our combative tendencies aside and opt for calmer, intellectualized and more respectful discourse, we can alter perspectives and influence people in positive ways as Steven did here. For the betterment of the hunting community at large, I hope this approach becomes the norm.
    Terrific job, Steven.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Vegan vs. Meat Eater. Articulate, intelligent, and interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Rinella's response to the vegan's rather aggressive statement masquerading as a question was superb but I think incomplete. Most praiseworthy was Rinella's poise and respect toward the vegan, which, of course, is just and proper. Rinella based his response on a 15,000 year history of hunting and referenced details encompassing genetic structures for eating meat. However, his comment, in essence, that it is unusual and ahistoric to NOT Hunt is subject to refutation. None of this refutes the vegan's assertion that the hunter is a murderer. 15,000 years ago is not today. The vegan called Rinella and hunters 'murderers.' That is strong language and that language should be discredited. The rhetorical content of the word 'murderer' is drenched in hate, violence, purposeless and without social value. Other qualities also apply to the rhetoric of murderer. None of these qualities apply to the meat eating hunter. None. That point must be made unceasingly and confidently. It would be helpful to Rinella to also mention the death done to animals by increasing grain production for vegans in the context of farming, habitat destruction and energy use. Finally, for the moment, the accusation of 'murderer' has the whiff of moral superiority. That attempt at superiority is wholly unjustified. Rinella did well but he could have done better.

    ReplyDelete