In my opinion my response was fairly restrained. And to be perfectly honest I don't need it to do my side any favors.
Hunting and Football, (esp. college football) are so ingrained in the culture that trying to do away with their regional importance would be like trying to tell the British to not have such a dry humor, or telling Russians to stop drinking Vodka. It's one of the things that make our culture unique. Trying to change that, is basically like saying Southerners would be better off not being Southern.
I'm willing to entertain the idea that there are other forms of male bonding that should be explored in our culture, but I'll never agree that we should do away with treasured traditions just to appease your more delicate sensibilities.
Whatever happen to America's favorite pastime, Baseball? Funny how such a pastime that used to be so ingrained in American culture get overlooked for a newer one.
That aside, @Tallulah and DB, I don't see anything too wrong with hunting and fishing as long the meat is actually used and the animals being hunted are thriving. I mean, it is at least better than having to eat prepackaged food. I don't necessarily see anything wrong with showing a "prize."
I mean, there are other issues that need to be addressed, but I won't be the one opening a can of worms this time (unless push comes to shove.)
This argument can only be used by the culturally retarded. In India for example cows are sacred, one can feel emotionally attached to any given animal, or they can eat it without feeling guilty, I however would opt out of eating meat, not because it causes animal death, but because it causes animal cruelty. Also its really disgusting too.
So anyone that says they are against animal cruelty that buys meat is contradicting themselves.
You certainly have a point here -- industrialized meat production is a pretty awful, unhealthy enterprise for all concerned. No arguments from me there. But to equate that to saying that it's immoral to eat meat, period, doesn't compute. A more reasonable conclusion would be that we need to pay more attention to the sources of our food, and consume in a manner that's more reflective of an environmentally healthy viewpoint.
It's also important to note that non-industrial meat is demonstrably better for you and (often) tastier. I don't eat a lot of meat -- maybe a chicken sandwich once a week at most. I think I've bought beef once in the last 3-4 years, and I ordered it directly from a ranch in Montana -- all grass-fed, no feedlots, antibiotics, etc. And *wow* -- it was really, really good. But it cost significantly more than corn-fed, antibiotic-pumped, feedlot beef (thanks to subsidies, etc. -- but let's not get into that here). I'd buy from that ranch again in a second -- but only for special occasions.
I do buy all my beef from a dairy farm nearby. I have done this since I moved here. It's more expensive than store bought, certainly, but I like that I can see precisely what I am buying because it's walking around in a grassy pasture. I know how the animal is raised, fed and ultimately processed. It is incredibly good beef and I am willing to pay the higher price for two reasons. One is that I don't want to feed commercially raised beef to my family. The other is that I like buying in bulk and the per pound price (around $2.75) ends up being less because I'm paying for the processing by the mobile butcher outright. They butcher and package exactly the way I want, which saves me some time as well. I get pork, chickens, eggs, milk, butter and turkeys the same way.
I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.