I remember it super clear. I was 4 years old, and driving back from my family's country house (like all my family in Canada). I was in my booster seat, sitting happy as a clam, and I saw one of those Ford trucks, you know the ones with a small front and long rectangular area to put things? Well in the open trunk, lay a Moose or a deer, i'm not sure. He was still alive. I was scarred for life.
From that day foward, I was all about giving a voice to those who couldn't speak. I was scarred by what I saw. The look in his eyes have haunted me forever. I know it sounds silly. Believe it or not, animals do have feelings and thoughts. They can feel pain, feel love, feel animosity. How is it right that cosmetic companies burn their skin, irritate their eyes, shave them? All for what? A lipstick? A mascara? So when some ignorant people say that i'm using Animal testing as an excuse not to buy drugstore products, i'm really not.
As for hunting, this is just my opinion. If you depend on hunting for substinence and living like the Aboriginals did, go ahead. It's your food. You aren't doing this for SPORT. But if you're doing this for fun, as a hobby, that is just plain sick and sadistic to me. Shooting an innocent animal to hang it's head on your wall is disgusting. Shooting a buck to put his antlers on top of your fireplace is repulsive.
I have always believed that Animals truly do have souls, thoughts, and emotions. I know that my Babies can sense everything. One thing I will never get is how a person could kick, burn, torture an animal for fun. I really don't!
Some AMAZING organizations to prevent animal cruelty:
http://www.rescueink.org => Possibly my favorite show ever. These men are inspiring.