Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Animal Lovers or Ruthless Killers?

In Slovenia, they are called ''The Green Brotherhood''. I'm talking about hunters. In schools they teach us, that hunters are important for restoring and maintaining balance of animals in nature. I know better. And I know it from personal experience.

My father was a hunter for 37 years. I don't even want to think about the number of animals he killed during that time. The most important thing to me is that he's no longer a hunter and that his way of thinking about it totally changed. He was interviewed for a magazine called ''Liberation of Animals'' 3 years ago. As an animal lover I'm almost obliged to share it with you.

Interview in english

Interview in german

Interview in french

Interview in croatian (EDIT: It's in serbian. *blushes* Thanks, SplatterGirl!)

PDF file of the magazine in slovenian (page 30-31)

Thank you for looking!


  1. http://pillandia.blogspot.comOctober 13, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    My grandfather was born in 1912 in the village HEIDENSCHAFT, Julian Alps, at that time Austrian Empire. My mother was born in that same village in 1941, when it was Italian with the name AIDUSSINA. From 1947 that village became Yugoslavian and from 1991 it is Slovenian with the name AJDOVŠČINA.
    Horrors, crimes, mournings and a lot of borders changings had crossed that village through the 20th century, but since 2007 it is possible to go from Austria and from Italy to that village without hurdles, because Slovenia entered the European Union.
    I hope some day all borders histories may become like this.
    Best wishes to You and to all Slovenia!

  2. That's interesting... I've heard about the horrors during war time... I hope it will never repeat again. It's nice to see different countries united. Best wishes to you too!

  3. Thank you for sharing this article. Your father is a brave man, stepping out with the delicate subject when he probably has friends who still go hunting. I read the whole thing and what I most agree with is the line: "In my opinion another problem is that humans interfere with nature more than they should and they are increasingly contracting living space of the animals." This is so true. Here in Finland the distances are long between houses and nature is all around. But, roads are built across the woods and fields, and as farmers want bigger crops the fields grow and the real nature shrinks. The living spaces for animals are not the same they have been. And as there are roads all over, the animals become a danger to traffic. Mooses cause thousands of crashes each year. It's not animals fault, but it is more safe for all of us when hunters keep the amount of mooses in same level. That means hunting every autumn. I agree that nature doesn't need hunters. But civilizations do need hunters.

  4. Yeah, it all depends on how we look at it. I just wanted to stress out that people here in Slovenia hunt for their pleasure. We do not have that much wild animals. For example: here is so little rabbits left (because of hunters) that they forbid hunting them. That's just sad. I understand your point of view though. Thanks for sharing your opinion with us! :)

  5. the fourth one is in serbian :D

  6. Ok... I still don't get it why they call it GREEN brotherhood...

  7. Very interesting reading. I'm glad your father get conscious of the crime factor and stopped hunting. It's brave. Better late than never. He says what I have always been convinced of. Many parallels can be done between hunt and sexuality, gun and penis.

    I'm totally against hunt like the rest of my family (my dad had never hunted) and imo it's a pure pitiful human vanity to pretend that hunt "regulate nature". Human being in general is a pretencious destructor horribly lacking intuition concercing the rules of the world and whatever happens, Nature exactly know what it has to do and everything get organized (or re-organized) harmoniously without we have to interfere. Who are those who think they can regulate Nature? An equal of it?

    The worst we do in my family (as interfering) is offering food and water to birds and hedgehogs living in the garden. I'll also leave each of my core apple in a wild area so that rabbits and birds can eat it. My interfering stops here.

    To come back to hunt, that "nature regulation" factor is pure hypocrisy anyway as quite often, animal species get re-introduced so that killers have something to kill (the case of artificially re-introduced pheasants in my area). I've always considered hunt as something used to get discharged from aggressive impulsions, itself disguised in hypocrite care taking. I wish all animals were respected and that human being stopped thinking they're the most important species of the planet having the downstream on all.

  8. Oh, dear god... *blushes and dies of shame* Sorry for that!

  9. I think it's the green clothes: forest is green and animals don't see them that quickly if they're in green. My interpretation. Nothing else is ''green'' about them (in terms of helping nature, being ecologically aware...)

  10. Amen to that! Well, we do interfere in nature, but that's just the way it is. We're part of it. We just need to be more conscious of the things we do wrong. I believe that Mother Nature is one powerful ''lady''. She can show us how small we really are whenever she wishes to.
    I hate that about us. We (people) are the only animals with hypocritical tendencies. Thanks for commenting, Nathalie!

  11. Nothing "green" indeed. With the incredible number of empty plastic rifle cartridges I find on the ground when I have a walk in the nature behind the house, I don't think they're ecologically aware...

  12. That's a tough thing that your Father has done. My Brother believes in hunting and used to own many guns. Thankfully he never went hunting. He had to get rid of everything when he became legally blind. We still don't see eye-to-eye on the subject. I can understand the people that need to hunt for their food but not for the trophys. I can even understand the need to cull the herds. The poplulation of deer in some areas are getting so large. Your right that we do infringe on the animal habitats. Too many wild animals are hurting themselves and others by wandering into residential areas. People also feed bears when they see them wandering around their properties. Then they call the police when the bears start coming to close. This means the animals have to be killed. Otherwise they will just come right back to the same place.

  13. It was a hard thing to do, but he had our support. I know what it's like to have someone in the family who thinks so differently... My brother dislikes cats very much. Thank god he doesn't live with us anymore.


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