If you’re interested in the land, you’re going to come across field sports. Some of which are also known as blood sports.
Today I’m wondering about points of view among the people who read my blog here. I’ve had an old slogan thrown at me on WordPress about the meat industry; will the same thing happen about field sports? Perhaps I should lay my cards on the table.
The meat industry is one of which I’m proud to be part. The field sports industry doesn’t happen to appeal to me, personally, but some of my collaborators at work do kill animals for fun. I’ve academic papers in preparation for which the samples were collected by people who enjoyed rough shooting. I’ve been out at dusk picking up freshly shot rabbits while they were still kicking.
Here in Britain, field sports remain popular. The Countryside Alliance promotes hunting, shooting and fishing. So does the Fieldsports Channel. At agricultural shows, and at game fairs, you can find the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Game Conservancy Trust and the Game Farmers’ Association.
Me, I like the tweed and the waxed jackets 🙂 I like some kinds of game on my plate, but now that I’ve seen what wriggles in a wild rabbit I’m not enamoured with that particular meat any more. Tell you what, though. I once spent a day in a game butcher’s workshop, breathing the smell of blood, and I went home hungry for meat.