People are freaking out after a father recently posted a photo of his young daughter holding a dead deer’s bloody heart up to her mouth with the caption: “Then she took a bite from its warm quivering heart.“
Unsurprisingly, people everywhere are horrified by the incident—which is wrong on SO many levels—and the page where the photo was posted was quickly removed from Facebook.
New Zealand hunting dad defends pictures of a little girl biting a deer's HEART
— News, Views, People. (@NVPeople) August 24, 2016
Posts that glamorize hunting can be dangerous for animals and humans.
Here’s why people are outraged: Hunters often kill for pleasure, as demonstrated by their smiles and social media posts. Posting and sharing such violent images in a positive light puts both human and animal lives at risk.
Even experienced hunters’ first shots aren’t always fatal, and people who are inspired to hunt from seeing posts like this could end up wounding animals instead of killing them, leaving them to suffer in agony and die slowly over hours or even days. Plus, placing guns (and live organs) into the hands of 8-year-olds fosters an alarming lack of compassion—and is extremely dangerous.
Anyone who aggressively targets animals may move on to fellow humans. “Murderers … very often start out by killing and torturing animals as kids,” says Robert K. Ressler, who developed profiles of serial killers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
You Can Help Stop This
The animals you might share your home with—like your dog or cat—have hearts, just like this deer who was viciously killed before his corpse was disrespected and shown online. All animals deserve kindness and respect. They all feel pain, run from danger, and want to live in peace, just like you.
Like many other posts we’ve seen that showed hunters bragging about their acts of violence, the page where the Facebook post originally appeared was taken down after compassionate people spoke out.
Always speak up for animals! Sharing this story will spread the word that there is nothing sporting about hunting and could make people think twice before posting about—and even participating in—future hunting trips.