A thoughtful post
November 14, 2012 at 7:45pm
Words like slaughter, murder, and genocide are as misleading as harvest when applied to fishing and hunting. Slaughter and genocide suggest waste; murder suggests malice. In both cases, the words fail to denote what it is we (hopefully) are doing, which is killing for the table. Harvest is as guilty as the other terms insofar as it masks what it is we're doing, thereby implying that we feel guilty for what we do. Euphemisms rarely do any one any good. We do kill, and we should not be ashamed of doing so, provided we show respect for the resource (don't take more than we need) and don't kill merely for the sake of cheap thrills.
On a related note, I terrorized my neighborhood as a kid with my Benjamin pellet gun, shooting every bird and squirrel I could get a bead on (cardinals, mockingbirds, etc.). My dad rightly spanked my ass when he found out what I was up to. I feel guilty for that and am thankful that I've outgrown that childish bloodlust.