I was just recently told that in Wisconsin a new bill will mean there is no longer an age limit on hunting. This means even a Toddler could hunt.
Although I do have my own thoughts and opinions about hunting, I want to make it clear at the beginning of this post that this post is NOT about hunting itself, it is about the age one is allowed to hunt.
By this bill passing and allowing this there is, of course, the safety concern. But as an animal advocate my mind also went to what this is going to teach children about the value of an animal’s life.
As some of you know, I work around children and I am a big fan of Red Rovers, an organization that helps teachers teach children empathy for animals. If we want animals to be treated better, more laws passed to protect them, & more resources to rescue and shelter them, then we have to teach children to care about them. They are ours and animals future.
Allowing a child to hunt, to kill an animal, or watch their parents kill an animal at such a young age to me seems like it would be sending mixed messages. To me it seems like allowing this is teaching children at such a young age that animals don’t matter, that they are here for us to kill.
I am really hoping some of you will jump in with some comments and let me know what you think about this. I am still trying to digest it and would love to hear others thoughts.
So please tell me…what do you think about this?