"Everything Wants to Live": Hank Shaw on Hunting Animals for Food
As Shaw has traveled around the country, giving book readings, he has encountered hundreds of readers raised in urban settings, eating KFC and plastic-wrapped Safeway Select pork chops, several generations removed from hunters who regularly killed what they ate. They have no idea why he hunts, or at least takes pleasure in it.
So he has written one of the most moving, honest essays SFoodie has read about killing animals for food.
Everything wants to live, and will try anything it can to escape you. We [hunters] see ourselves in this struggle, feel tremendous empathy for the struggling bird, the fleeing deer. It is a soul-searing moment where part of you marvels at the animal's drive to live -- to escape! -- at the same time the rest of you is consumed with capturing it as fast as possible so you can end this miserable business. This internal conflict is, to me, what being human is all about. A coyote or a hawk has no remorse. We do.