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Not_Hunting

Date: May 15 2009

Themes: Hobbies, Sports

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives

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Around, say, 15,000 years ago, hunting was necessary for human survival. But we’ve come a long way since the caveman days. For most of us, bringing meat home involves little more than a trip to the local supermarket.

But plenty of people still hunt, whether it’s for pleasure, tradition, or the thrill of the chase. Even Mason is thinking about giving it a try, but Marni doesn’t think that’s a good idea at all.

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Mason

Mason

Marni

Marni

Mason:  So I think hunting season is opening up soon, and I might go this year.

Marni:  What? Are you serious? I didn’t know you were such a sportsman.

Mason:  No, I mean I’ve been fishing. You know, I did the whole catch-and-release sort of thing, like trout fishing at the farm and whatnot. But no, I mean, I’ve always kind of wanted to actually go hunting hunting.

Marni:  For what purpose? I mean, you want to hunt big game? You want to know the thrill of the hunt and the chase? And because you want to kill an animal?

Mason:  I feel that people these days, we’ve been so removed from the food chain because of the supermarket and, like, the mass production of food that if I wanna be a meat-eater, if I wanna eat things that had to get killed at some point, I need to claim that right.

Marni:  OK. I have heard that argument and I do understand it. But it just seems, like, at such a great cost. I mean hunting…I just can’t get behind it. I mean innocent animals dying…

Mason:  Is it a humane thing, like you just think it’s inhumane?

Marni:  I do think it’s inhumane. And I feel like killing something for sport just seems so…I just can’t even comprehend it.

 

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Discussion

Mason tells Marni that he wants to try hunting. Most people are very far removed from the source of their food. They eat meat without really thinking about where it came from. Mason has decided that if he’s going to eat meat, he should kill it himself.

Marni is against hunting for any reason. She feels bad for the animals and can’t imagine killing an animal for sport. To her, hunting seems violent and inhumane.

Have you ever gone hunting? Do you think that hunting is inhumane, or do you agree with Mason?

 

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 julito

julito

Argentina

I  am 100 per cent behind Marni, just killing for “fun” or sport ( if you like  calling it that way) is showing a lack of  sensitivity . 


04:27 PM Jul 28 2011 |

rachu77

rachu77

India

According to me its inhumane to killCry animals. I always wonder how people can eat innocent animals. Whether they kill themselves or they eat animal killed by others. But it is one and the same thing. It's very painful to eat animals as food.When there are natural food resources so what's the need to kill animals. Anyways it my pesonal perception i can't change the world nor i can stop others from doing inhumane acts. But i really wish that in near future people will start thinking my way and understand the pain which they give to innocent animals and creatures. .and stop hunting them for the sake of fun and eating.

08:37 AM Jun 26 2009 |

swallow_

swallow_

Ukraine

All thing should have common sense. But, alas, some people perceive hunting like sport and a source of acute feelings. It’s inadmissible.

06:32 PM May 30 2009 |

jkin

Colombia

Well, I think to go hunting is only a cultural style life although I eat  some meat  I think that hunting really sad sport because to you won´t like to be hunting for other human or animal.

From today I'm vegetarian

11:48 PM May 21 2009 |

Rezon 邬

Rezon 邬

China

:D
Pls protect animals

11:18 PM May 21 2009 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

Without saying a word whether or not hunting is inhumane, i think Mason says he wants to eat the food he got himself just becomes he has never tasted it. Any game is a crap. It's not  delicious, it's hard to chew and it smells awfully.

 

07:53 AM May 21 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Hunting for need is acceptable…Now,hunting for fun is stupd!

12:23 AM May 20 2009 |

niro.f

Nigeria

ofcos akacsan,u hav evry right 2 xpres ur opinion,am nt disputin dat fact 4 anytin,i beliv one gots 2 do wht ones got 2 do,somtims no mata de cost,is all good,2 me it all depends on wht one really wnt,if u r down wit huntin animals fine nd if u r nt great,so is all good,

09:45 PM May 19 2009 |

ciberd7

ciberd7

Brazil

I´ve never gone hunting, but I think I wouldn´t handle with watching animals being killed by fireguns and traps. It´s so sad and disturbing to know that an animal is killed just for fun. I would still give a try and learn to hunt, otherwise it could be disastrous because I would need to have sprunks to do such a thing.

06:29 PM May 18 2009 |

malitrema

malitrema

Italy

I'm not agree on hunting. Killing animals for sport is not fair in the past it was a necessity but not nowadays…

02:03 AM May 18 2009 |

sahroka

Egypt

I think that the fishing is interesting sport,safe, and useful for income ,but the other sport like hunting is very hard and has especial requirement and it's rare thing , for my opinion it's will be necessary If the humans can't found their food that they need.Cool

12:06 AM May 18 2009 |

akacsan

akacsan

United States

niro.f

No, I haven't been killed before and I didnt read the book.

If you like to hunt animals, go on, hunt them, this is not my business. I just explained my opinion.

08:33 PM May 17 2009 |

ramesh.sinha1

India

I don't like hunting at all!

07:21 PM May 17 2009 |

Jogral

Jogral

Brazil

Hunting is inhumane? It depends. The forest people needs hunt, fish and collect insects to get food. They haven’t a supermarket near them The people of mountain, desert, or isolated areas also needs that. I like fishing but sometimes i fell bad when i get a fish. Soon, i forget it and i put it into my bag and take all the fishes, exception the smalls that i release, to home and cook and eat them. I love sea food. I think those fishes may be hunted by others bigger than them. But i think i’d never kill a fish or other animal just for pleasure.
I’m sorry if anyone here is vegetarian, but i really need meat.
greetings to all

04:09 PM May 17 2009 |

pasjonata

pasjonata

Poland

wow!

such a serious subject here! good job!

agree completely about the distorted status of killing in general, the killing done for the sake of getting food especially…like someone's here already observed, lots of people seem to think that meat on their plates never existed in any other form than that of a stake, meat balls or ham. surprise, it used to live.and then it was killed so that we could eat it.as simple and as cruel as that. a very straightforward fact to acknowledge and show some respect to taht life. it's really sad most people cannot even do that! it's not about quitting meat overnight and becoming an animal rights fighter.no, myself I like meat,I eat meat. just never forget where it comes from,that's the least I can do.and never support killing for the sake of killing, like hunting for sport, the most ruthless, idiotic thing to do.

greetings to all who are not afraid to think for themselves and admit how much we people owe other animals.

03:18 PM May 17 2009 |

niro.f

Nigeria

hey akacsan,where i come 4rm,do u kno wht de question is?ofcos u dont,de question is human huntin nt animal huntin,hv u eva killed b4?if no,nw tel me,wht wld u do wen somebody comes in2 ur home nd hunts ur belovd so much dat u cant take it,if killin wld stop de hunt wld u take de shot?i wld like u 2 check a novel out,DE FIRM, BY JOHN GRISHAM,rply m wen u r don readin it,go shop som gut akacsan,

01:57 PM May 17 2009 |

niro.f

Nigeria

hey akacsan,where i come 4rm,do u kno wht de question is?ofcos u dont,de question is human huntin nt animal huntin,hv u eva killed b4?if no,nw tel me,wht wld u do wen somebody comes in2 ur home nd hunts ur belovd so much dat u cant take it,if killin wld stop de hunt wld u take de shot?i wld like u 2 check a novel out,DE FIRM, BY JOHN GRISHAM,rply m wen u r don readin it,go shop som gut akacsan,

01:57 PM May 17 2009 |

niro.f

Nigeria

am franck niro,4 dos dat r frankly minded,dis is 4 u,eighter a vergiterean or not,u eat eighter meat or fish nd u do wht hv u done,answer dat if u r frankly minded nd done if u r not,huntin is biblican,am down wit wht de bible says not wit ur idea

01:43 PM May 17 2009 |

smart2022

smart2022

Saudi Arabia

looool

 i like hunting too but i'm only hunting birds when they come beside my home.

i made trick to get them

thx

01:41 PM May 17 2009 |

Storm123

Storm123

Viet Nam

nice 2 meet all !!I like going fishingSmile

12:47 PM May 17 2009 |

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