‘Sport’ hunting is a mental sickness

CN Editorial

Chitral — “Sport” hunting is a sickness, a perversion and a danger, and should be recognized as such. People who get their “amusement” from hunting and killing defenseless animals can only be suffering from a mental disorder. In a world with boundless opportunities for amusement, it’s detestable that any one  would choose to get thrills from killing others who ask for nothing from life but the chance to remain alive”– These beautiful words from Sir Roger Moore through the social media have really shaken the conscience of many an earstwhile ‘sports’ hunter.

The practice of killing animals for food has prevailed in almost every society from time immemorial and this is what is given as an example and a justification, even from the religious point of view. However when we scan through the annals of history to find out the origin of this phenomenon, we find that it was then a necessity for human beings to survive upon the meat of wild animals. Now it is a different world. Food for all is in abundance and killing animals is not  necessary.

‘Sport’ hunting is very popular in Chitral, despite the fact that Chitralis are known as peace loving people. The cruel ‘sport’ of Boeek doozhi, a practice in which at night sleeping sparrows on the tree branches are torched and shot or burnt, to get sadistic pleasure, is one sorry practice which no more exists but shows the intrinsic sadism in human beings as peaceful and civilised as Chitralis.

The menace of ‘sport hunting’ must be curbed. All religions and faiths through a joint declaration under the united nation must declare it inhuman and put a ban on all forms of ‘sport’ hunting. The world has matured now and we need practices more sensible and more humane than the ages and times we have been through.

2 COMMENTS

  1. To me the “Sports Hunting” is a crime. Unfortunately I have also committed this social crime in Chitral almost around 1960-65 when I was teenager. It is just a temporary amusement But Today, I think that how cruel hobby it was where a person aims to finish the life of innocent animals and beautiful birds for a few second amusement?. This act on the part of peace loving people of Chitral is absolutely in contradiction to our claimed culture and tradition. Human being have a number of sources to defend his life but the helpless animals and birds have nothing with which to save their lives, nor can they fight back. Particularly, the hunting of sleeping birds at night with the help of torch and ghulail is extremely brutal action. Therefore the young generation should think over it and adopt measures to curb this evil habit of hunting. The young people may establish “ANTI-HUNTING MOVEMENT” on town-wise and village-wise basis under the supervision of Chitral Welfare Society. The religious scholars should also realize the responsibilities and come forward to preach the common men in the context of our Islamic teachings.

  2. It is a pity that our religious scholars, prayer leaders and Dars givers do not talk about cruelty to animals at all. They would speak for hours about the evils of drinking alcohol but would not utter a word about the evil of dis-compassion towards Allah’s helpless beings.

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