Medical Science Gives Hunters Thumbs-up Approval

Crawl back into your box you anti-hunters

Medical science gives hunters thumbs-up approval

For how many years have the animal rightists been telling the world that hunting is a cruel, barbaric and archaic practice that should be outlawed by modern civilised society? They claim that ordinary hunters are “sadistic and/or psychopathic”; and that trophy hunters “are mentally ill and derive pleasure from behaviours that hurt other living things and they are even willing to expend extra effort to make another living being suffer (sic).”

In a recently published article – in the NRA’s America Hunter magazine a number of internationally renowned social scientists provide us with an opposing opinion.

They claim that hunting is a healthy pastime for mankind”;and they point out that: “Very few of the articles that claim hunters are crazy are written by behavioural scientists who study humans.”

“Most prominent psychologists of the 20th Century,” these professional authors state, “agree that hunting is motivated by a natural instinct, and it is beneficial to mental health.”  In his highly acclaimed study of human aggression, ‘The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness’, psychologist Erich Fromm wrote: “In the act of hunting, the hunter returns to (his) natural state, becomes one with the animal (he is hunting), and is freed from the burden of his existential split: to be part of nature – and to transcend (nature) by virtue of his consciousness.  In stalking (his quarry), the hunter and the animal become equals,” Fromm states, “even though man eventually shows his superiority by use of his weapons.

Consistent with Fromm, Yale sociologist Dr. Steven Kellert and Amherst College professor, Jan Dizard, found that the reasons why people hunt are: “to experience nature as a participant; to feel an intimate, sensuous connection to ‘place’; to take responsibility for one’s food; and to acknowledge kinship with wildlife.”

Psychiatrist Karl Menninger, MD, wrote:

“Freud fearlessly explored the unconscious layers of the personality, and disclosed that it is no more abnormal for a human to want to kill (in hunting) than it is for a cat to want to kill a mouse or a fox a rabbit”.

Emory University professors Boyd Eaton, MD., anthropologist Marjorie Shostak and psychiatrist-anthropologist Melvin Konner, MD., conclude that denial of the hunting instinct can lead to psychopathology. They state: “Our hunting instinct has gone awry in ‘civilised’ society, where the thrill of the chase and the kill are no longer part of our experience and there are no clear avenues of expression except, perhaps to our peril, in the streets and subways of today’s urban jungles.”

What are these eminent scientists saying?  To me their message is clear: that the violent crimes that humans inflict upon their fellow men in the big inner cities of the today’s ever more congested world, are the result of stressed out city people not being able to get ‘release’ from psychological pressures – (social tensions) – by executing their subconscious natural instinct to hunt.  In support of this interpretation, criminologist Chris Eskridge compared hunting license sales with violent crime rates on a county-by-county basis nationwide (in the United States), and he found that “as hunting license sales go up, so violent crime comes down”.  

Ron Thomson

I am NOT a ‘trophy hunter’ - and never have been. I am not involved in the trophy hunting safari business. I am also not a game rancher. But I have ‘administratively controlled’ professional hunters and safari outfitters in my capacity as a government game warden. I am an 80 year old ex-game warden with 60 years of continuous experience in hands-on wildlife management, and national park management, in Africa (1959 to 2019). In breakdown, I have 24 years experience in the management of national parks in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe - and in the management of the wild animal populations that lived inside those national parks; one year as the Chief Nature Conservation of the Ciskei in South Africa; three years as Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board in South Africa; and I worked for three years as a professional hunter in the South African Great Karoo (taking foreign hunters on quests for plains game trophies). I discovered, however, that professional hunting was not my forte. I worked as an investigative wildlife journalist for 30 years in South Africa. I have written fifteen books and hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of wildlife management and big game hunting in Africa. Five of my books are university-level text books on wildlife management. I am a university-trained ecologist; was a member of the Institute of Biology (London) for 20 years; and was a registered chartered biologist for the European Union for 20 years. I have VAST experience in the “management hunting” of elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and hippos (as part of my official national park work in the control of problem animals); and I pioneered the capture of black rhino in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley (1964 - 1970). My university thesis was entitled: “The Factors Affecting the Survival and Distribution of Black Rhinos in Rhodesia”. Look at my personal website if you want any further details about my experience:

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2 thoughts on “Medical Science Gives Hunters Thumbs-up Approval

  • I am even prepared to go one step beyond saying, “Hunting is a healthy pastime for mankind.” As parents, never overlook the virtues of hunting, especially for adolescence boys. The well-known author and behavioral scientist, dr Randall Eaten, postulates, “… the kill itself is the event that engenders compassion, respect for life, and the moral responsibility to protect it.”

    Eaton further states, “Hunting is one of the most transformative experiences a boy can have. … I conducted thousands of surveys on older men and asked them to choose the life experience that most opened their hearts and engendered compassion in them. It was not becoming a parent, which was extremely high for women who had birthed a baby, nor was it teaching young people, nor the death of a loved one or beloved pet, but it was taking the life of an animal.”

    If there ever was a time to build character in teenagers, especially adolescent boys – a character of compassion, love and respect, taken the high (and rising) percentage of domestic violence, particularly towards women and children in today’s life – then that time is NOW! And no better instrument than ETHICAL HUNTING to accomplish that!

    Extracts from:
    That’s My Son: How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Men of Character
    Author: Rick Johnson

  • I have three sons who are very responsible and honest, these boys have now grown into men who are respected and liked by all that they encounter in their work and in the hunting field , this makes me very proud to say “that is my son ” all thanks to our dedication to hunting and conservation. These people who are against hunting are sick people who are relying on the handouts they receive from wealthy people that they lie to. Keep up the good work


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