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.