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DOES THIS VEGAN SUPPORT HUNTING?

I find that a lot of the issues surrounding animal rights nowadays are pretty polarizing.  On one side, we have organizations like PETA that grab headlines with crazy stunts.  On the other hand, we have people like Ted Nugent screaming about how many animals he mercilessly slayed.

I find that the vegans are preaching to the vegan choir, and the hunting, consumptive users are preaching to Ted Nugent.

And, with that scenario, it is impossible to make any progress.

Johnathan Safran Foer, in his book Eating Animals laid out an extraordinary story about a vegan that helped build a slaughterhouse.  Basically this vegan wanted the ability to help build and design an ethical(ish) slaughterhouse.  This viewpoint is similar to my personal objective on hunting.

1. Global Veganism just ain’t happenin.

Do I wish that tomorrow, the World would be vegan?  Yes. Absolutely. We would very quickly improve a lot of the health issueswe all face, as well as make inroads on curing hunger, and potentially reverse climate change, as well as countless other benefits.

But we all know that just about will not happen.  So, once we can accept that, we need to ask ourselves the next question.

If the World isn’t vegan, what is the next best moral position?

I always figure that if a hunter can go into the wild, and humanely harvest a mature, legal animal, that is okay.  If that hunter can use that animal to feed his family for a long time, that too is okay.  But if the taking and eating of that wild animal prevents that family from buying mass-produced, factory-farmed meat, than that is great!

That single moose may keep 10 cattle from unimaginable living conditions.

Therefore, to me, that is the better moral position.

2. It’s closer to the natural order

Have humans hunted animals forever? Who knows...pass the soy jerky.
Have humans hunted animals forever? Who knows…pass the soy jerky.

I was not around in the paleo days.  I don’t really know if our ancestors ate mastodon or maize-tofu burgers with a sweet chili glaze.

But I do know this, if you yourself hike into the wilderness, humanely take an animal, field dress it, hike it all out, and prepare that grass-fed, humanely-raised meat – that is how it should be.

If you are going to eat meat, this just seems like the way to go.

3.  It’s better for people and the animals too

Mass-produced beef today is pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, and other goodies.  Cancerous meat is sold for human consumption.  The list goes on and on with ways that modern meat is full of junk that people should not be eating.

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Wild animals are much healthier.

And, this means less demand on CAFOs for animal-sourced protein which in turn makes it better for the cows/pigs/etc.  Might not be so good for the deer in the crosshairs, but if the hunter is legal and ethical, the deer’s days were probably numbered anyway, given the rise of healthy wolf and other predator populations.

4. On Trophy Hunting, Trapping, Bear Baiting and Exotic Sport hunts

I lived in Alaska for about five years.  That place was magical in just about every conceivable way.  The hardest part of living there?  Animals are regarded pretty poorly by the “consumptive” crowd.

It is one of only two states (Maine being the other) that allows bear baiting – the act of deliberately leaving out piles of food and sweets to attract bears, while the hunter “window shops” and finally shoots the one he or she wants.

Common bear bait station.
Common bear bait station.

It is a state where you can shoot wolves and bears out of airplanes.  It is a state where you can place leg hold traps right on the side of public hiking trails.

These are just a fraction of the backwards policies on animal use in Alaska.

If you hunt only for the trophy (typically antlers or a head to mount on the wall) you are a pretty shitty person.

Yeah, I said it.   It is one thing if you take an animal and respect it, and consume it in a way that prevents the suffering of other animals.  It’s another thing entirely if you take an animal just to have it’s head hanging on your wall, or it’s hide beneath your feet.

That is the line this vegan takes on hunting.  If it is needed to feed you and your family, or if you choose that meat as a healthier alternative AND you harvest the animal in a humane manner, I am OK with that.

If you take the animal just for something to look at, than that is completely wrong.  Or, if you hunt animals in other countries, ticking off some weird passport of exotic animals, that is completely wrong too.

I have never dreamt of punching someone so hard before.
I have never dreamt of punching someone so hard before.

You may remember the above story that went viral last Summer.  It was a great example of what I am talking about.  This type of hunting is just plain stupid and wasteful, and if I was a hunter I would be outraged.  People like the Texas Cheerleader are making you all look like crazy people.

So, in closing yes I support hunting.  But only with a focus on being ethical and legal, and only if the meat is for consumption not some stupid rack on your living room wall.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

FINDING A VEGAN CONCEALED CARRY HOLSTER **UPDATE!**

UPDATED!  I have purchased another vegan holster, from Bladetech and included it at the end.

I’ll save the whole “Wait…you’re a vegan and you have guns!?” discussion for another day.  Yes, yes I own guns and enjoy self-defense and target shooting.  Moving on.

One of the hardest things to find for me, is a vegan concealed carry holster.  Most brands, made by companies like Galco and others are made mostly with leather and polymer.

BLACKHAWK

Fortunately, when I recently purchased my Springfield XDS .45, the store had an ample supply of vegan holsters made by Blackhawk.

My Springfield Armory XDS chambered in .45 in the Blackhawk size 5 holster.

It is important to note that these holsters are not marketed (for obvious reasons) as a vegan holster.  They are basically an inexpensive option for people that can’t afford (financially or morally, I guess) the leather versions.

I’ll take it!  This puppy was $12.00 and works like a charm.  It’s like the Payless shoes for vegan gun owners (vegans will get the joke)!

The holster material is already forming to the shape of the pistol in only 2 days.

The nice part about their website is that they also organize the holsters by material.  So you can quickly identify which are vegan and which are not.  The nylon options are here.

My only complaint is the tapered section (as you see in the image) leaves the grooves on the rear of the slide exposed.  When seated, this presses those metal grooves into your back which is not the most comfortable.  Eventually this may affect the gun’s finish, but we’ll see.

For a $12.00, non-leather holster you cannot go wrong with this option!

BLADETECH

In December, 2015 I was strolling the aisles of my local cabelas, and looked at the plastic CCW holsters they offered.  I found this option for the XDS, priced at $23.

Unlike the Blackhawk above, I wanted something that offered more positive locking of the pistol.  The holster from Bladetech was inexpensive, solid plastic, and has a positive “click” when the gun is fully seated.

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The Bladetech offering.

The belt clip also has a much better “barb” that provides more secure carry in the belt.

I have not spent a ton of time with the holster, but the past few days I feel it is comfortable and easy to carry.

Welcome to Vegan Shooter!

Some of you may recognize me also as the “offroad vegan.”  As I mention over on that blog, I am a vegan that strays from the stereotype, and who really wants to break them.  We don’t all wear skinny jeans and drive fixie bikes.  We work hard, we jeep, we shoot, we share vegan jerky on camping trips, and take a good ribbing from our omni friends.  But in the end, it is how vegans reach out into the mainstream that will really impact our movement.

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I hate to say it, but these “shout outs” in restaurants and grocery stores do little if anything to help.  In many ways, they continue to paint vegans as yelling, angry activists with no room for understanding or middle ground.

If we really, truly want to move veganism forward, we need to stop shouting.  Be approachable. Be thick skinned.  Push out into mainstream society.  Just don’t be a dick.

And that is the goal with my two blogs.  Focus on my personal hobbies (Jeeping and shooting) where there is not a lot of vegan representation.  Be available, educate those that ask, and put plenty of lead downrange.

Thanks for stopping by!