well Paul - since you started this thread in my name, I'll inject a few thoughts, nothing new, because there is nothing new on this topic, its been hashed over many times.
It basically comes down to reverence for life (and no I'm not a hard core vegetarian, I do eat meat sometimes).
The idea that humans are not the only species on the planet with a right to life has been a slowly evolving one. At least slowly evolving from the perspective of Western modern man.
But it is an evolving idea none the less.
The animal kingdom is a cruel one from one perspective, we all eat each other. But eating for survival, while cruel in the moment, is a fact of nature that preserves life in the long run. Didn't the American Indians say a prayer to the Gods or the animal they killed when committing the act they knew to be wrong in the moment?
My basic objection is directed at killing for sport.
How many of you have ever killed a human for sport ? or to eat him ?
And yet we kill thousands, millions, in the name of God, in the name of right, all the time. We have video games with pretend killing, we have paint ball wars, how about we send all those who participate, who have such a need for violence, off to a real war so they can be in some real crosshairs.
The same for sport killing of animals. basicallly its a Chicken Sh#t, cowardly form of entertainment. Perhaps all the "sportsman" should be rounded up and sent off to war to face the crosshairs as well. would that satisfy their need?
Like I said, reverence for life, in all forms, is a slowly evolving idea, we will get there, but in the mean time .... (you fill in the blank).
p.s. for the uninitiated
What is the difference between killing for survival and sport killing ?
If you actually enjoy the hunt and the kill it is sport killing, even if you eat the meat. A lion doesn't kill a zebra because its fun, he does it because he's hungry.