As the world condemns Trump’s consideration of lifting the trophy hunting ban, let’s not forget that countless billions of cows, pigs, fishes, chickens and other animals are unnecessarily exploited and killed every year to satisfy our whim to eat animal products.
For some reason, the needless killing of these billions of other animals doesn’t cause the same outcry or indignation. But all of these animals suffer immensely, experience fear, and do not want to be killed. They fight with futility for their very lives until their tragic and violent end.
If you’re upset about trophy hunting of elephants, tigers, rhinos, and other animals, then good — you should be. The killing of these animals by trophy hunters is violent, unjustifiable, and completely unnecessary.
But…if you’re upset about trophy hunting, but still eating, wearing and exploiting animals yourself, then you need to think about that. Humans have exactly zero biological need to consume animal foods for our health (and, in fact, we can be healthier avoiding them).
While there may be a psychological difference between those who trophy hunt and those who simply continue their socially-conditioned habits of eating and wearing animals, there is no moral difference between the two — both unnecessarily harm and kill animals for trivial purposes (enjoyment, pleasure, taste preference, etc.), which is a violent and morally unjustifiable act.
Additionally, the practice of breeding animals for food is causing severe and global environmental devastation and loss of biodiversity, as natural habitats are destroyed for the number-1 cause of deforestation: animal agriculture.
So, if you think trophy hunting is wrong — if you think it’s wrong to impose harm and death on animals unnecessarily — then you are already compelled by your own beliefs to go vegan. It also happens to be one of the most positive impactful actions you can take for the environment and to help preserve the natural habitats on which elephants, tigers and so many other species depend.