March 21st, 2012
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If you think of hunters as men in camouflage, you better think again.

Eatocracy associate editor Sarah LeTrent and CNN's Suzanne Malveaux discuss how "The Hunger Games" bucks the conventional idea of people who hunt.

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  1. jackie crawford

    In my opinion, hunger games is an anti hunting expression. It gives the message that it is still a life neither an animal or man. But true animal hunting is an adventure that allows camaraderie and offers a rewarding experience at the same time. Another interesting part of hunting is that it allows people to practice survival even with minimal supplies according to

    October 2, 2014 at 3:49 am |
  2. Carrie Z

    PERFECTLY said MicheleG, it's ironic to me that hunters are pure conservationists and anti's want to do nothing but promote animal over population. They'd rather see the animals starve to death than feed a family.
    Like you said – I'm pretty sure their tune would change if all of a sudden you weren't able to purchase pork chops at your local supermarket.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      Thanks! : )

      March 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Ben

      You can't honestly believe that all hunters go out and hunt just in order to "thin the herd" so the rest can survive. That's ridiculous. You also can't think that all people who are against hunting would be against it in every situation, such as in circumstances of great overpopulation.

      However, I do agree that many people are pretty hypocritical in that they are against hunting, but are probably not against eating pre-killed meat that likely comes from animals who had terrible lives.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  3. Christine Kennedy

    This article doesn't even point out the fact that the whole point of the characters hunting in Hunger Games is because in their post-apocolyptic society the majority of her town is STARVING and there is no government help for buying food. I didn't realize that in our current society, which has so many people consuming too much food we are obese and provides welfare and food stamps to anyone who qualifies, that there were people forced to revert to the hunter gatherer days to survive. Oh wait, they don't. It's a selfish choice to make themselves feel powerful against animals who dont have the capablitity of shooting back. How many of these 300,000 girls are hunting becasue it is the only way their family can survive? Maybe 1 or 2?

    March 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  4. MicheleG™

    For those who wallow in suburban comfort and all its wheat free, gluten free, soy free, sugar free, and hog free foodie markets, it's easy to be arrogant, smug, and self congratulatory about how noble they are pretending to be.

    If they ever got out in the REAL iolderness and their prissy survival was at stake, I know they'd change their rant accordingly and eat every meaty morsel they could HUNT, trap, or otherwise kill. Their so called "conscience" would probably bother them for maybe a nano second.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      mis spel: wilderness

      March 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  5. Vegann

    Hunting is barbaric!
    Everytime I hear a gunshot I can just feel the pain of the poor animal. Hunters are brutish and uncivilized!
    Please! Adopt a completely vegan diet! You do not need to consume dead animal flesh.

    My husband used to hunt. And he used to consume meat. He is much happier abstaining from both now. It was a condition of our engagement. I urge ALL women to force their husbands to do the same.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Feminazi

      I agree. All hunters should be lined up and shot. See how they like it.

      March 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • Down by the river

        A hunter's bullet is far kinder than mother nature ripping out your throat. Do you feel pain everytime an animal is consumed by another? I think not. You'd be doubled over all the time. In case you need reminding, we are part of nature.

        March 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • AJ

      Wow, controlling much?! That's terrible you made your husband alter his diet and jeopardize his health. The vegan diet is NOT healthy; it's too limiting. You can have a healthy diet as an omnivore or vegetarian, but a vegan diet you cannot even get the nutrients your body requires from the food you eat, you have to artificially supplement.

      For health, you do need to consume at least some animal products, even if it's just eggs and/or dairy. Vegetarian cultures highly prize these things because they understand how important the nutrients are in them.

      There was a news story last year about a baby dying because the vegan mother's milk was so lacking in nutrition it couldn't even keep the baby alive, let alone have it thrive. Psychologists have done studies on babies born to vegan mothers and found they have a higher chance of being their non-vegan peers developmentally. The vegan diet can take several years for the signs of malnutrition to show, since some nutrients are stored in the body, but many vegans find out the hard way the damage they're doing. I know several instances of women who were vegan and couldn't get pregnant until they started eating animal products, their bodies were just too malnourished to even conceive a baby.

      Hunting is the most humane way to get meat. The vast majority of people aren't going to give up eating meat, nor should they. (What they should do is give up factory farmed meat, and switch to meat from game animals or pastured livestock.)

      And as much as you may hate it, you are physiologically an omnivore; the human body runs best on a diet that includes animal products, and wild game is healthier than store-bought meat (wild game is leaner, higher in omega-3s, no antibiotics).

      Hunting also keeps the deer population in check. Natural predators have moved out of many areas; without hunting deer would die of starvation and disease. And they would also cause billions of dollars worth of damage to crops. Hunting PROTECTS crops. Next time you're eating your soy burger, thank a hunter that he had a part in protecting that crop.

      Here's some suggesting reading for you:
      – "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A Price DDS
      – "Good Calories Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes
      – "The Paleo Diet" by Loren Cordain PhD
      – "Protein Power" by Michael Eades MD and Mary Eades MD
      – "The Vegetarian Myth" by Lierre Keith

      March 23, 2012 at 8:28 am |
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